Joseph Mallord William Turner

Birmingham ?from Monument Lane, Lickey


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 120 × 203 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 14 a

Catalogue entry

The main view continues across half of the page to the right, folio 15 recto (D22000), where there is a smaller repetition of the same view. The town is seen to the north-east, apparently from the vicinity of Monument Lane, Lickey (as noted by Turner on the opposite page and deciphered by Dr Bernard Richards as part of unpublished Turner research informed by local knowledge1), with the dome of St Philip’s Church (later Birmingham Cathedral) at the centre of the present page. There is a separate sketch with trees and a building at the top left, possibly as a continuation of the main view.
The subject had been 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.2 For other views of Birmingham, see under folio 3 verso (D21980).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

Conversation with the author, 14 May 2013.
A.J. Finberg, undated MS notes in a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.II, p.729; C.F. Bell, undated MS notes in another copy at the same location, vol.II, p.729.

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