Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lancaster: The Town seen from the East

1797

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 274 x 370 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01069
Turner Bequest XXXV 67

Catalogue entry

Characteristically, Turner here chooses a viewpoint that yields a comprehensive view of the main antiquities of the town centre in a telling composition. Drawn with the page turned horizontally, the castle and parish church are seen crowning the hill; the church in the left middle-distance is St John’s, with a recently constructed classicising steeple, and the medieval bridge over the River Lune is visible at the extreme right. Other views of Lancaster are on folios 79 recto and 80 recto (D01066, D01067; Turner Bequest XXXV 64, 65).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed by A.J. Finberg in pencil ‘141.67’ and in a different hand in pencil ‘?67’ [sic].

Andrew Wilton
August 2010

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