Joseph Mallord William Turner

Birmingham ?from Monument Lane, Lickey

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 × 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22000
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 15

Catalogue entry

The main view continues to the left across the full extent of folio 14 verso (D21999). The town is seen to the north-east, apparently from the vicinity of Monument Lane, Lickey, with the dome of St Philip’s Church (later Birmingham Cathedral) at the centre of the main view on the opposite page and again as the focus of the smaller repetition which Turner made towards the outer edge of the present page, with the sketchbook turned vertically. As part of unpublished Turner research informed by local knowledge, Dr Bernard Richards has deciphered Turner’s inscriptions as ‘Monument Lane’ and possibly ‘Boat Building’.
For other views of Birmingham, see under folio 3 verso (D21980).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

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