Joseph Mallord William Turner

Canterbury: Christ Church Gate

1792

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 213 x 274 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00176
Turner Bequest XVII A

Technique and condition

This watercolour is composed on white paper with preliminary under-drawing in pencil. The image was created by the careful application of watercolour to dry paper. There is little overlap of colours in the painting except for areas where shadow and lighting effects have been created. Pigments used include yellow ochre, vermilion and possibly indigo.

Helen Evans
October 2008

Revised by Joyce Townsend
February 2011

Catalogue entry

Another version of this subject is a watercolour in the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven;1 it dates from a year or two later.
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, pp.306–7 no.54, reproduced.
Verso:
Blank, except for paint smears and pencil curlicues; stained and creased; inscribed in a modern hand ‘15’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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