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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Views of Worcester across the River Severn; a Barge ?1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 6 Recto:
Views of Worcester across the River Severn; a Barge ?1831
Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 6
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 191 mm
Partial watermark ‘R Ba | 18’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[?Way... to W...]’ towards top left, ‘Race Course’ below centre, and ‘Ferry’ towards bottom right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘6’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXXXIX – 6’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
There are several related sketches on this page. At the top is a view south-east across the River Severn, with the cupola of St Nicholas’s Church, the tower of All Saints, the spire of St Andrew’s and the cathedral beyond the bridge. There are more detailed versions of this view on folios 2 verso–3 recto and 4 recto (D22154–D22156), and another version on folio 5 verso opposite (D22160). For other views of Worcester, see under D22154.
To the right of centre is a view of buildings on the west bank of the river, perhaps in the vicinity of the lower view, looking south-south-east across the still extant racecourse on the eastern bank, with the city in the distance. At the bottom left is a continuation from the study of a barge on D22160.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Views of Worcester across the River Severn; a Barge ?1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-views-of-worcester-across-the-river-severn-a-barge-r1148805, accessed 18 September 2021.