Joseph Mallord William Turner

Birmingham: Distant Views

1830

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 120 x 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22015
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 22 a

Catalogue entry

The distant skyline towards the top includes spires and a windmill, and what seems to be the dome of St Philip’s Church (later Birmingham Cathedral) at the centre. A separate study towards the bottom appears to show a similar prospect beyond a low foreground of houses and trees. The views are comparable with those of Birmingham from the south-west on folios 18 verso–19 recto (D22007, D22008)
The subject was identified as Birmingham by A.J. Finberg (died 1939) and the watercolour and Turner scholar C.F. Bell (died 1966) in undated manuscript notes in copies of Finberg’s 1909 Inventory.1 For other views of Birmingham, see under folio 3 verso (D21980).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

1
A.J. Finberg, undated MS notes in a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.II, p.730; C.F. Bell, undated MS notes in another copy at the same location, vol.II, p.730.

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