Joseph Mallord William Turner

Northampton: A Street, with All Saints’ Church

1794

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 x 181 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00218
Turner Bequest XIX 12

Catalogue entry

Turner used this drawing for his untraced watercolour design for the Pocket Magazine,1 engraved in July 1795. He returned to the scene in a later Midland tour, of 1830, when preparing subjects for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales, and made a watercolour of a parliamentary election at Northampton, seen from a similar viewpoint to this drawing (Tate T12321).2 It was not engraved. The church of All Saints, Northampton was rebuilt in the 1670s after a fire destroyed much of the town, and re-consecrated in 1680. A colonnaded portico was added in 1701, and the cupola placed on the tower in 1704.
1
Wilton 1979, p.312 no.118.
2
Ibid., p.403 no.881, reproduced.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in black ink with Turner Bequest monogram bottom left.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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