Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Interior of St Mary Aldermary, London

1796–7

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 93 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01171
Turner Bequest XXXVII 54

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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