Joseph Mallord William Turner

Grantham: The Market Square

1797

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 210 x 270 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00995
Turner Bequest XXXIV 84

Catalogue entry

The subject is drawn with the page turned horizontally. Turner had already made a watercolour of Grantham (Yale Center for British Art, New Haven)1 for Benjamin Howlett’s Select Views in the County of Lincoln, basing it on another artist’s drawing; see also the studies between folios 84 recto and 87 recto (D00990–D00993; Turner Bequest XXXIV 80–82). It was published on 1 March 1797 (no Tate impression). The spire is that of St Wulfram’s Parish Church, almost 300 feet (91 metres) high; the building in the centre of the range facing the viewer is the Angel Hotel. David Hill conjectures that Turner stayed there on his return journey from the north.
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.325 no.232, reproduced.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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