Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant View of Salisbury from the North

1795

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 263 x 204 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00421
Turner Bequest XXIV 14 b

Catalogue entry

Turner seems to have had time only for a rapid note of the view of Salisbury from the height of Old Sarum, the Iron Age hill-fort to the north of the city, but this was clearly an ideal vantage point for one of the panoramic views he was making at this time for Walker’s Copper-Plate Magazine (see the entry on the view of Winchester on the upper half of this leaf, D00420; Turner Bequest XXIV 14a). Although he did not in fact use it in the 1790s, he referred to it much later when developing a watercolour for the series of Picturesque Views in England and Wales (Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum).1
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.398 no.836, reproduced.
Technical notes:
This is the lower half of a leaf which has been torn in two and since made up by a strip of paper, reconstituting the page to its full dimensions of 264 x 204 mm; the upper half (i.e. also part of folio 14 recto) is D00420 (Turner Bequest XXIV 14a).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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