Joseph Mallord William Turner Newport, Isle of Wight: The Town Hall 1795

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Newport, Isle of Wight: The Town Hall
From Isle of Wight Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XXIV
Date 1795
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 264 x 204 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXIV 47
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Newport Market Place, or Town Hall, as Turner records it was a picturesque building of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It would be swept away and replaced in the early years of the nineteenth, along with other civic structures in Newport, by buildings in a classical idiom designed by the island’s celebrated resident John Nash (1752–1835), with whom Turner was to stay at East Cowes Castle in the late 1820s. A tentative beginning of this subject is on folio 47 recto (D00454; Turner Bequest XXIV 46) See also folios 49 verso and 50 recto (D00456, D00457; Turner Bequest XXIV 47a, 48).
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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