Joseph Mallord William TurnerMen in a Church c.1808

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Men in a Church
From Tabley No.3 Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CV
Date c.1808
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 108 x 185 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CV 26
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 29 Recto:
Men in a Church circa 1808
Turner Bequest CV 26
Pencil on white wove paper, 108 x 185 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘26’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CV 26’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg’s suggestion cannot be confirmed, especially as the old Houses of Parliament were destroyed by fire in 1836. To the present writer the setting looks more like a cathedral or large church, with Perpendicular choir stalls. Chester Cathedral has fine examples, and could easily have been visited from Tabley in 1808.

David Blayney Brown
June 2010

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