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Joseph Mallord William Turner, English, 1775–1851
Bridgnorth on the River Severn (Shropshire)
A Bend on the River
Watercolor over graphite with scratching out on wove paper with a French style blue mat
Sheet: 13 × 18 1/4 in. (33 × 46.4 cm) Mat: 17 × 22 1/4 in. (43.2 × 56.5 cm)
Credit Line

The Stuart Collection, museum purchase funded by Francita Stuart Koelsch Ulmer, in honor of Gary Tinterow

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
Drawings, Pastels & Watercolors

Mathers[?] sale, December 11, 1872, lot 85, as A Bend on the River; Purchased by [Agnews, London [stock number 1670]]; Purchased by James Worthington, May 21, 1873 (1); Alfred Geoffrey Turner (1886-1956), Hungerford Park, Hungerford (2); [his sale, at Hungerford Park, Hungerford, June 12-14, 1956]; Peter Rhodes, Oxford, at least by 1960; [London, Sotheby’s, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British Drawings and Watercolors, July 11, 1985, lot 108, as “The Property of a Gentleman” A View on the River Severn at Bridgnorth Shropshire]; [London, Christie’s, British Art on Paper, November 21, 2001, lot 40]; purchased by [Andrew Clayton Payne, London], 2001-2002; Private Collection, UK, 2002-2018; [Andrew Clayton-Payne, London], 2018-2019; sold to MFAH, 2019 (1) The traditional title, A Bend on a River, links this watercolor to its previous owner, James Worthington, who was a passionate collector of watercolors from northern England. Many works from his collection were bequeathed to the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. (2) A.G. Turner was a Liverpool-born shipping magnet, who also owned Turner’s iconic view of Leeds (Yale Center for British Art, New Haven). Its traditional title was A Bend on a River.