Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Interior of the Galilee Porch, Ely Cathedral

1794

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 271 x 195 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00358
Turner Bequest XXII E

Catalogue entry

Finberg’s suggestion that the subject is the West Porch of Chichester Cathedral was later amended in a MS note: ‘This is Lincoln Cathedral with the double arcading of St Hugh’,1 perhaps implying a connection with the untraced watercolour St Hughe’s the Burgundian’s Porch at Lincoln Cathedral, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1795.2 However, the distinctive architectural details do appear to be those of Ely Cathedral’s Galilee Porch.
1
Tate catalogue files.
2
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.313 no.123.
Verso:
Blank; ochre and grey paint smears. The traces of colour on this side of the sheet appear to be connected with work on another drawing, of smaller dimensions, laid on top of it.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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