Joseph Mallord William Turner

Coventry from the North-East

1830

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 78 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22350
Turner Bequest CCXL 16 a

Catalogue entry

Eric Shanes confirmed Finberg’s identification of the subject as Coventry,1 in general relation to Turner’s watercolour Coventry of about 1832 (British Museum, London),2 engraved in 1833 for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales (Tate impression: T06105).
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this view continues a little onto folio 17 recto opposite (D22351). The juxtaposition of Coventry’s three spires (Christchurch in the distance beyond St Michael’s and Holy Trinity from left to right) indicates a view from the north-east, from an area now much changed. The foreground is the valley of the River Sherbourne, long since covered over, and the viewpoint appears to be in the vicinity of the Whitefriars section of the modern Ringway flyover.3
For nearby views, see under folio 13 verso (D22344) and for other Coventry subjects, see under folio 9 verso (D22336).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

1
Shanes 1979, p.156.
2
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.399 no.849, reproduced.
3
See successive historical street maps, [Rob Orland], Historic Coventry, accessed 1 July 2013, http://www.historiccoventry.co.uk/covmaps/allmaps.php.

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