Joseph Mallord William Turner
The Interior of St Mary Aldermary, London 1796–7

Artwork details

The Interior of St Mary Aldermary, London
From Wilson Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XXXVII
Date 1796–7
Medium Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 113 x 93 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXXVII 54
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Catalogue entry

The composition, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, continues across folio 28 recto opposite (D01172; Turner Bequest XXXVII 55). The identification of this City of London church is due to the architectural historian Christopher Wilson. It is noteworthy that Turner has chosen a viewpoint that gives emphasis to the spatial qualities of the interior, heightened by contrasts of light and shade, rather than showing the elaborate neo-Perpendicular fan-vaulting for which Sir Christopher Wren’s design is famous.

Andrew Wilton
September 2012

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