Joseph Mallord William Turner

Birmingham ?from Lickey

1830

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 120 × 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22003
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 16 a

Catalogue entry

The buildings on the skyline here are in a similar juxtaposition as shown in the sketches on folios 14 verso–15 recto (D21999, D22000), inscribed ‘Monument Lane’ (in Lickey, south-west of Birmingham, as confirmed by Dr Bernard Richards as part of unpublished Turner research informed by local knowledge).1 The dome of St Philip’s Church (later Birmingham Cathedral) is seen on the skyline to the left of centre.
The subject had been identified as ‘B’ham’ by the watercolour and Turner scholar C.F. Bell (died 1966) in undated manuscript notes in a copy of Finberg’s 1909 Inventory.2 For other views of Birmingham, see under folio 3 verso (D21980).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

1
Conversation with the author, 14 May 2013.
2
C.F. Bell, undated MS notes in a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.II, p.729.

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