Joseph Mallord William Turner

Four Sketches at Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Riverside

1833

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D29211
Turner Bequest CCXCIII 91 a

Catalogue entry

See Introduction to the sketchbook for the presence of a small run of sketches at Stratford-upon-Avon dating from 1833. Four appear here:
i. (main sketch, drawn inverted in relation to the main numbered sequence of subjects in the book) Shakespeare’s birthplace, inscribed ‘Windo[w]’, ‘W’ and ‘B’. Dr Bernard Richards of Brasenose College, Oxford has kindly pointed out that the house, now much altered, was formerly a butcher’s shop although Turner’sinitial ‘B’ presumably relates to the birthplace.
ii. (right, drawn with page upright) The town and Holy Trinity Church, continued to right in (iii) below.
iii. (along gutter, drawn with page upright) Bridges in the town.
iv. (below house, drawn with the page upright) Detail of (iii), showing the Guild Chapel tower.

David Hill
June 2010

Revised by David Blayney Brown
March 2013

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