Joseph Mallord William Turner

Manchester Collegiate Church

1831

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 96 x 59 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25702
Turner Bequest CCLXV 34

Catalogue entry

Manchester Collegiate Church (now the Cathedral) is seen here from the south-west, perhaps from the bridge that preceded the later Victoria Bridge. Although the tower still looks very much the same as in Turner’s sketch, it is in fact not the same tower that turner would have seen as that was demolished in 1864 and replaced in 1868 with an exact replica (apart from being six feet higher). Turner drew the view in the opposite direction on folio 35 (D25704).

Thomas Ardill
September 2011

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