Joseph Mallord William Turner

Guildford: Quarry Street from a Second-Floor Window in the White Lion Hotel, High Street, with St Mary to the Right and the Castle above to the Left

1805

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Medium
None
Dimensions
Support: 117 x 182 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06320
Turner Bequest XCVIII 117 a

Catalogue entry

In a pencil annotation to a copy of Finberg in Tate’s Library, Edward Croft-Murray deleted the ‘Possibly’ from Finberg’s tentative identification of Guildford, since confirmed by Hill with an exact description of the viewpoint. Hill concludes that Turner stayed at the White Lion, a large coaching inn overlooking the High Street at the junction with Quarry Street, and drew this view from his room. As well as the Castle and St Mary’s Church, it includes the Star Inn on the right.

David Blayney Brown
July 2008

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