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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

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

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Verso:
Worcester across the River Severn; a Barge ?1831
Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 5a
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 191 mm
Partial watermark ‘R Bar | 18’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[?T... B...]’ centre right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
At the top left is a view of Worcester from across the River Severn, with the cupola of St Nicholas’s Church (now redundant and obscured from this direction by later buildings), the tower of All Saints and the spire of St Andrews shown slightly detached from the view, and the cathedral beyond the bridge to the south-east, with barges below. There are more detailed versions of this view on folios 2 verso–3 recto and 4 recto (D22154–D22156). For other views of Worcester, see under D22154.
At the bottom right is a study of a barge, annotated illegibly, which is continued across folio 6 recto opposite (D22160), where there is another similar prospect across the river among other Worcester views.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘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-worcester-across-the-river-severn-a-barge-r1148804, accessed 18 September 2021.