Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Cavendish House, Leicester Abbey, with Leicester Beyond

1830

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 120 x 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22130
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 80

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this view may show the ruins of Cavendish House within the site of the ruined Leicester Abbey, with Leicester itself to the south. If so, the tower towards the right would be that of St Margaret’s Church. A viewpoint is difficult to establish owing to later developments and trees along the valley of the River Soar. There are firmly identified views on folios 18 recto and 20 verso (D22006, D22011), and a detailed study of the Leicester skyline including the tower of St Margaret’s for comparison in the contemporary Birmingham and Coventry sketchbook (Tate D22367; Turner Bequest CCXL 25).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

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