Joseph Mallord William Turner

Pontefract: All Saints’ Church Tower and the Ruined South Transept

1797

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 210 x 270 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00913
Turner Bequest XXXIV 8

Catalogue entry

Although a grand building with some unusual features, including a double staircase up to the crossing tower, the medieval parish church of Pontefract lay in ruins from the time of the Civil War until 1838 when it was rebuilt. When Turner visited the town another church, St Giles’s, had been the parish church since 1789; but he concentrated on the more evocative remains of All Saints’, three drawings of it; see also folios 7 recto and 9 recto (D00912, D00914).
The drawing is continued on folio 7 verso opposite (D40561).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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