Joseph Mallord William Turner

The South Gate, Launceston, with the Castle and St Mary Magdalene’s Church

?1814

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 179 x 254 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09823
Turner Bequest CXXXIV 31

Catalogue entry

Turner looks here to the north-west, through and over the South Gate from the present Southgate Street, to the castle and the tower of St Mary Magdalene’s Church. Across the valley in the distance between them is the tower of St Stephen’s Church, St Stephen-by-Launceston.
There is a sketchier study from a similar viewpoint in the Devon Rivers, No.1 sketchbook (Tate D09603; Turner Bequest CXXXII 113), probably used on the same occasion. For other views of Launceston Castle and the surrounding town, see under folio 70 recto (D09873; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 72).
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Matthew Imms
July 2014

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