Joseph Mallord William TurnerStudy of a Building 1791

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Date 1791
MediumPen and ink on paper
Dimensionssupport: 342 x 314 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Study of a Building 1791
Pen and brown ink and watercolour on white wove paper, 342 x 314 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pen and brown ink ‘<Bristol | Bristol Cathedral> | Bristol Cathedral | from College Green. | William Turner’ centre and ‘Academy | By J Galindo Notray [sic] Public | Accomptant & Translator | Black and Gold’ below right of centre
Inscribed in a later hand in pencil ‘1’ (circled) towards bottom right
Stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram bottom left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The ink study is very slight and almost illegible. The inscription concerning the Notary Public was presumably transcribed from the sign under the double window of the foreground house in the view on the recto (D00108; Turner Bequest VII A) to which Turner’s other inscriptions refer.
There are grey colour trials, and pen trials at the lower left edge.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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