Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inside the Chapter House of Elgin Cathedral

1831

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 104 x 163 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D27212
Turner Bequest CCLXXVII 137 a

Catalogue entry

These two sketches depict the elaborately vaulted ceiling of Elgin Cathedral’s octagonal chapter house.1 The ceiling is supported by a single column from where vaulting fans out to each corner. The larger sketch was probably made from the doorway to the cathedral, and the sketch at the left may show the doorway itself with the chapter house beyond, as seen from the north aisle.
This is one of fourteen pages of sketches of Elgin Cathedral in the Inverness sketchbook, see folio 139 (D27215) for references.

Thomas Ardill
May 2010

1
Identified by David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Sketchbook CCLXXVII Inverness’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [unpaginated].

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