Joseph Mallord William Turner

Durham, with the Castle and the Cathedral seen from above Framwellgate Bridge

1801

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 264 x 416 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02239
Turner Bequest XLVIII 4

Catalogue entry

Turner had made numerous drawings of Durham when he visited the city on his North of England tour in 1797; see in particular the Tweed and Lakes sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest XXXV). He would no doubt have wished to make further drawings simply on account of the dramatic setting and majestic grouping of the cathedral and castle which dominate this view. A similar drawing is Tate D04184 (Turner Bequest LXX g); see also the various views in other collections listed in the sketchbook’s Introduction.
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Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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