Joseph Mallord William Turner

Salisbury: The Close Gate

1795

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 264 x 204 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00426
Turner Bequest XXIV 19

Catalogue entry

The North Gate, one of the four entrances to the Close at Salisbury, is seen from the High Street with the spire of the Cathedral rearing up beyond. This pencil study was the basis for two finished watercolours. One was shown at the Royal Academy in 1796,1 and another executed in about 1802 for Sir Richard Colt Hoare (1758–1838) (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge).2 A version in a private collection3 appears to be a copy of the exhibited watercolour. The subject occurs in the list of ‘Order’d Drawings’ on the flyleaf (D41250); see also other Salisbury drawings between folios 14 recto and 21 recto (D00421, D00428).
1
Wilton 1979, p.323 no.209.
2
Cormack 1975, pp.35–8 no.11, pl.11; Wilton 1979, pp.322–3 no.208, reproduced.
3
Wilton 1979, p.323 no.210, reproduced.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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