Joseph Mallord William Turner

Gloucester: The Cathedral from the South-West

1795

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 203 x 264 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00623
Turner Bequest XXVI 68 v

Catalogue entry

The view of the cathedral obtained from College Green, in which Turner has contrived to include the very tall mid-fifteenth-century tower (69 metres or 225 feet). He evidently had no time to make more detailed drawings of this important building, which surprisingly does not feature elsewhere in his output, though a plate from the so-called ‘Little Liber Studiorum’, mezzotinted by Turner himself in the 1820s, has been thought, probably erroneously, to show the tower of the cathedral at a distance (see the entry for Tate D25430; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 307).1
The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.390 no.778, reproduced.

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