Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Stone Pillar (?or Broken Cross), with Distant Hills

1801

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 × 162 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02522
Turner Bequest LIII 36 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the page turned horizontally, the upright stone here appears to be the shaft of a gothic cross, from which the cross itself has been broken off. Such crosses are common in Britain, especially in the North, and Turner occasionally drew them; see the contemporary Scotch Lakes sketchbook (Tate D03257–D03258; Turner Bequest LVI 175a–176).
The slight outline on the ridge of hill just to the right of the pillar may indicate the same building as that on folios 35 verso and 37 recto opposite (D02520, D02523).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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