Joseph Mallord William Turner

Durham from Old Durham

1817

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 116 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D12333
Turner Bequest CLVII 13

Catalogue entry

As in the sketch on folio 12 recto (D12332), Durham Cathedral is seen west across the Wear Valley from the direction of Old Durham, with the castle and probably the tower of St Nicholas’s Church to its right, and the new prison on the near side the cathedral (see the entry for D12332 for further details). The view is extended to the right by an unusually wide continuation on folio 14 recto (D12334), showing the rising ground towards Gilesgate.
This is one of a continuous run of drawings of Durham, beginning on folio 6 recto (D12325) and concluding on folio 14 recto, with one further sketch on folio 76 verso (D12414). For Turner’s other visits to the city, see the entry for D12325.
Technical notes:
A small tear below the centre of the right-hand edge has been repaired from the verso.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
February 2010

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