Joseph Mallord William Turner Canterbury: Christ Church Gate from Mercery Lane 1794

Artwork details

Canterbury: Christ Church Gate from Mercery Lane
Date 1794
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 273 x 209 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XV A
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Catalogue entry

Warrell has suggested1 that this is a leaf from the South Wales sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest XXVI); but the dimensions of the sheet contradict that identification. They roughly correspond, however, to those of the view of St Augustine’s Gatehouse (Tate D01110; Turner Bequest XXXVI P), and the views of Rochester (Tate D00158, D00159, D01109; Turner Bequest XV B, C, XXXVI O). Another view of Christchurch Gate is in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.2
MS note, Tate catalogue files.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.304 no.34, reproduced.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed in later hands ‘9’ and ‘No 20’.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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