Joseph Mallord William TurnerLambeth Palace from the South-East, with Cardinal Morton's Gateway and the Parish Church c.1789

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Artist
Title
Lambeth Palace from the South-East, with Cardinal Morton's Gateway and the Parish Church
From Oxford Sketchbook
Turner Bequest II
Date c.1789
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 160 x 249 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00038
Turner Bequest II 21
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 21 Recto:
Lambeth Palace from the South-East, with Cardinal Morton’s Gateway and the Parish Church c.1789
D00038
Turner Bequest II 21
Pencil on white laid paper, 160 x 249 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil with numerals and ‘four’, with pencil marks dividing the page along a line inscribed with numerals ‘1’ to ‘9’ and ‘9’ to ‘1’ above the subject, and by calibrations down right edge
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘21’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘II 21’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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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