Joseph Mallord William Turner

St David’s: Part of the Ruins of the Bishop’s Palace

1795

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 203 x 264 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00588
Turner Bequest XXVI 35

Catalogue entry

This is a view taken from inside the grand ruins of the Bishop’s Palace, with an incongruous feature that will have appealed to Turner: the thatched cottage constructed from ancient masonry and used as a dwelling. The tower in the centre background is that of St Mary’s College. A drawing of the Palace gate is on folio 40 recto (D00593; Turner Bequest XXVI 39); see also folios 36 recto and 37 recto (D00589, D00590).
The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by ?John Ruskin in pencil ‘11’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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