Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lichfield from the Racecourse on Whittington Heath; Lichfield Cathedral from the South-East

1830

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 78 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22381
Turner Bequest CCXL 32

Catalogue entry

There are two sketches here. At the top is a distant view of Lichfield, Staffordshire, from the south-east, with the former racecourse beside the Tamworth road on Whittington Heath (now the site of a golf course and barracks).1 The three spires of Lichfield Cathedral are seen towards the top left. Across the centre is another view, showing the cathedral closer to the north-west from Borrowcop Hill off the Tamworth road, with the tower of St Mary’s Church in front (later rebuilt with a spire and now partly given over to Lichfield Heritage Centre).
For other views of Lichfield, see under folio 30 verso (D22378).
1
See ‘Whitttington Heath and Barracks’, Whittington History Society, accessed 8 July 2013, http://www.whittingtonhistorysociety.org.uk/heath.asp?a=5.
Technical notes:
This leaf is affected by the extensive pale brown, mottled staining which extends throughout this particular gathering (folios 31–42; D22379–D22402) and also folios 30 and 43 recto and verso (D22377, D22378, D22403, D22404), as discussed in the Technical notes to the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
August 2013

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