Joseph Mallord William Turner

Salisbury: The Cathedral from Harnham Hill

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
D02249
Turner Bequest XLIX 6 a

Catalogue entry

The subject is continued on folio 7 recto opposite (D02250; Turner Bequest XLIX 7). The cathedral with its famous spire, at 123 metres (404 feet) the tallest in England, is seen from the south; beyond, on the other page, is the tower of St Thomas’s Church, and at the extreme right that of St Martin’s. A closer view of the Cathedral seen as a whole from the south was completed as a watercolour for Sir Richard Colt Hoare (Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery).1
Turner made a drawing of Salisbury High Street with St Thomas’s Church on folios 76 verso–77 recto (D02329–D02330).

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.321 no.200, reproduced.

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