Joseph Mallord William Turner

Wells: The Chain Gate

1795

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 130 x 205 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00464
Turner Bequest XXV 3

Catalogue entry

The Chain Gate, built by Thomas Bekynton, Bishop of Wells, in the middle of the fifteenth century, forms a bridge that links the Chapter House of the Cathedral at Wells with the College Hall on the other side of Cathedral Green.
Technical notes:
Part of John Ruskin’s inscription on his wrapper for the sketchbook, recorded by Finberg, read ‘5 leaves taken out which were burnt at the edge’;1 this refers to folios 1 recto–5 recto (D00462–D00466).
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.43; see also p.44.
Verso:
Blank, except for an indigo-grey colour trial; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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