Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mitton Church, Lancashire: The Interior of the Sherburne Chapel

1799

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 225 x 329 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01912
Turner Bequest XLV 1

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the page turned horizontally, this is the basis of the watercolour executed for Whitaker’s History of the Parish of Whalley (Towneley Hall Art Gallery, Burnley),1 and engraved in 1801 (Tate impression: D05934). As David Hill points out, this church interior embodies little of the dramatic effects of chiaroscuro that Turner had deployed in his watercolours of Ewenny Priory in South Wales, exhibited in 1797 (National Museum Wales, Cardiff),2 and Bishop Islip’s Chapel, Westminster Abbey, shown the previous year (British Museum, London).3 It is reminiscent, rather, of the intricate interiors that he noted in the Wilson sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest XXXVII), where arcades and screens intersect the space and create a sense of mystery and antiquity in a more informal way.
1
Wilton 1979, p.332 no.294, reproduced.
2
Ibid., p.325 no.227, pl.28.
3
Ibid., p.314 no.138, reproduced.
Technical notes:
The lower left corner has been torn away and made good.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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