Joseph Mallord William Turner

An Interior with Figures, Possibly in a London Hall or Church

1827

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 74 × 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17995
Turner Bequest CCVII 3

Catalogue entry

Finberg suggested that this somewhat chaotic, rapid sketch possibly shows ‘a Banquet at the Mansion House’,1 meaning the neo-classical, so-called Egyptian Hall at the Lord Mayor of London’s official residence,2 but there seems to be no great resemblance, as the looping forms at the top corners suggest arches rather than a colonnade; the circles above the centre presumably indicate chandeliers. The large object on the right resembles a pulpit, and the setting may be a London church or other grand interior. See also folios 5 recto and 7 recto (D17998, D18002).

Matthew Imms
December 2014

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.625.
2
See ‘Inside the Mansion House’, City of London, accessed 15 December 2014, http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/about-the-city/history-and-heritage/mansion-house/Pages/inside-the-mansion-house.aspx.

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