Joseph Mallord William TurnerA Gothic Archway c.1808-11

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A Gothic Archway
From Windmill and Lock Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXIV
Date c.1808-11
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 87 x 117 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXIV 44 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 44 Verso:
A Gothic Archway circa 1808–11
Turner Bequest CXIV 44a
Pencil on white wove paper, 87 x 117 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As Finberg suggests, the arch is probably an entrance to a medieval church, or possibly a secular building of that period. It is presently unidentified, but may be a London subject, like others in this sketchbook. Turner has emphasised the profile of the mouldings at the apex, something he often did as a short cut in early, elaborate architectural studies such as his view of Melrose Abbey in the 1797 Tweed and Lakes sketchbook (Tate D40551; Turner Bequest XXXV 17). The same effect is seen in the study of the Monument, London, on folio 34 recto (D08005).

Matthew Imms
January 2012

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