Joseph Mallord William Turner

Newport, Isle of Wight: The Town Hall

1795

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 264 x 204 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00455
Turner Bequest XXIV 47

Catalogue entry

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).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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