Joseph Mallord William Turner

Salisbury: The Council Room


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Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 282 x 432 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest L P

Technique and condition

This composition has been executed using pencil and watercolour on cream wove Whatman paper, with graphite pencil used both for sketching and for shading. The sky was worked on fairly wet paper. The flat washes on the buildings are unusually precisely and evenly applied, with careful control of the wetness of the paper, whereas the hasty colouring of the cart, which is effective without following the drawing in any detail, is more typical of Turner. The foreground shadows have been washed in while the figures have been very hastily outlined, but then left as reserved white areas for the later application of bright colours.

Helen Evans
October 2008

Revised by Joyce Townsend
February 2011

Catalogue entry

This is a study, based on Tate D02356 (Turner Bequest L O), for the finished watercolour of about 1805, commissioned by Sir Richard Colt Hoare for his series of Salisbury views (Cooper Gallery, Barnsley).1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.323 no.213.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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