Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lambeth Palace from the South-East, with Cardinal Morton’s Gateway and the Parish Church

c.1789

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 160 x 249 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00038
Turner Bequest II 21

Catalogue entry

The artist has ruled perspective lines to assist his drawing of the complex group of Morton’s Gateway, with the Archbishop’s Palace beyond, and St Mary’s Parish Church, Lambeth, to the right. A closely related view in watercolour, including accomplished and lively figures, was exhibited as Turner’s first submission to the Royal Academy in 1790 (Indianapolis Museum of Art, Pantzer Collection).1 In 1909 Finberg hazarded that the subject might be Pope’s Tower at Stanton Harcourt.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.301 no.10, pl.3.

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