Joseph Mallord William Turner Salisbury: The West Front of the Cathedral 1795

Artwork details

Salisbury: The West Front of the Cathedral
From Isle of Wight Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XXIV
Date 1795
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 204 x 264 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXIV 16
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Catalogue entry

Sir Richard Colt Hoare (1758–1838) of Stourhead, Wiltshire, was in the process of writing a history of the county, for which he envisaged a series of views; he commissioned from Turner a set of watercolours of Salisbury Cathedral, and in due course, of other buildings in Salisbury and elsewhere in Wiltshire. This drawing is the basis for one of Hoare’s watercolours (Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston),1 and constitutes the first evidence we have of the connection between the artist and Colt Hoare (see the introduction to the sketchbook).
The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally, and the finial of the gable is drawn as a continuation ‘above’ on folio 15 verso opposite (D41252). Other drawings of Salisbury Cathedral are on folios 17 recto and 19 recto (D00424, D00426).
Wilton 1979, p.321 no.198.
Technical notes:
There is a blot of brown colour below the centre of the drawing.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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