Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lichfield Cathedral from the South-West

1794

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 233 x 279 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00365
Turner Bequest XXII L

Display caption

During the summer of 1794 Turner toured the midlands and Wales in response to an early commission to produce designs for engraving. This view of Lichfield cathedral is one of the more detailed drawings he made on the spot but it was never translated into print. Nearly 30 years after the first midland tour, however, Turner retrieved the pencil sketch to use as the basis for a finished watercolour. While the latter is now in a private collection, its preparatory colour study forms part of the Turner Bequest. The corresponding paint splashes on the 1794 drawing prove that Turner kept his earlier sketches with a view to their potential for later use.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

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