Joseph Mallord William Turner

Birmingham, with Christ Church and St Philip’s Church ?from near the Birmingham and Worcester Canal

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
D21997
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 13 a

Catalogue entry

As part of unpublished Turner research informed by local knowledge, Dr Bernard Richards confirmed the spire and dome on the skyline to the left as those of Birmingham’s Christ Church (demolished in 1899) and St Philip’s Church (later Birmingham Cathedral) respectively,1 possibly seen from near the Birmingham and Worcester Canal. The view continues a little to the right across folio 14 recto (D21998), where the main drawing appears to be a separate Birmingham view. The significance of Turner’s ‘Small Wood’ is as yet not known.
For other views of Birmingham, see under folio 3 verso (D21980).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

1
Conversation with the author, 14 May 2013.

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