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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 110 × 68 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22330
Turner Bequest CCXL 4 a

Catalogue entry

Turner’s rough inscriptions, possibly made while in motion, are clustered round a slight sketch of a skyline with towers or chimneys descending from the top left. The saints’ names Philip, Peter and Thomas all correspond to the dedications of Birmingham churches. The phrase at the top right is particularly scrambled, but may be ‘new C’, possibly as a note of a recent church or canal.
For other Birmingham views, see under folio 3 recto (D22327).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

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