Joseph Mallord William TurnerSt David's: Part of the Ruins of the Bishop's Palace 1795

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St David's: Part of the Ruins of the Bishop's Palace
From South Wales Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XXVI
Date 1795
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 203 x 264 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXVI 35
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 35 Recto:
St David’s: Part of the Ruins of the Bishop’s Palace 1795
Turner Bequest XXVI 35
Pencil on white wove paper, 203 x 264 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘35’ bottom right, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XXVI 35’ bottom left, descending vertically
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.
Blank; inscribed by ?John Ruskin in pencil ‘11’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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