Joseph Mallord William Turner

Salisbury Cathedral: Studies of Sculpture in the Chapter House

c.1799

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 150 x 121 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02336
Turner Bequest XLIX 80 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, like the studies on folio 79 verso (D02334), these note details of the sedilia in Salisbury’s Chapter House, including capitals form the colonettes of the arcade, and scenes from the Old Testament in the spandrels. Among them are the Creation of Eve, Jacob and Esau, and Joseph’s brothers showing his coat to their father.
Turner referred to these studies when working on his watercolours of the Inside of the Chapter House of Salisbury Cathedral, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1799 (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester)1 and Chapter House, Salisbury, shown at the same venue in 1801 (Victoria and Albert Museum, London).2

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.321 no.199, pl.45.
2
Ibid., no.201, reproduced.

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