Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ripon Cathedral: The Crossing, Rood Screen, and South Transept Seen from the North Transept

1797

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 370 x 274 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01009
Turner Bequest XXXV 6

Catalogue entry

Turner scholar David Hill describes this careful study as ‘palpably an exercise in meditation. The artist rapt in his subject and oblivious to all else.’1 Finberg characterised it as ‘merely an average example of the kind of work that Turner now seemed to produce without the slightest effort. The most complicated structure and detail now presented no difficulties to his well-trained eye and hand. ... But there is no trace of emotion or imagination in the graceful play of these clear-cut, accurate, and methodical lines.’2 A similarly careful but impressive drawing of the interior is on the preceding leaf, folio 8 recto (D01008; Turner Bequest XXXV 5). The Minster became the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Ripon in 1836.
1
Hill 1996, p.34.
2
Finberg 1910, p.34.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed by A.J. Finberg in pencil ‘41.6; Ripon? | AJF’.

Andrew Wilton
August 2010

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