J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Vessels in front of a Bridge c.1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 26 Verso:
Vessels in front of a Bridge circa 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXII 26 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 99 x 155 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch shows boats in front of the arches of a bridge. In the centre is two male figures wearing hats and long cloaks. The location is unidentified. Turner frequently sketched ships and boats which feature heavily in many of his paintings. This drawing may although it may predate the artist’s use of the sketchbook as a notebook relating to his Italian travels in the autumn of 1819.

Nicola Moorby
July 2008

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Vessels in front of a Bridge c.1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2008, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-vessels-in-front-of-a-bridge-r1138802, accessed 23 May 2022.