Joseph Mallord William Turner

Wells Cathedral from the Bishop’s Palace

1811

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 75 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08711
Turner Bequest CXXIII 187

Catalogue entry

The slight view of Wells Cathedral is from the grounds of the Bishop’s Palace to its south. On folios 187 verso–188 recto (D08708, D08709; CXXIII 184a–185) is a view of the Chain Gate running from the north side of the cathedral.
There are detailed studies made at Wells in 1795 in the Smaller South Wales sketchbook (Tate D00463–D00466; Turner Bequest XXV 2, 3, 4, 5) and the South Wales sketchbook (Tate D00553, D00554; Turner Bequest XXVI 1, 2), and a finished watercolour of about that date showing the West Front (Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight).1
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.314 no.134, reproduced.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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