Joseph Mallord William Turner

Figures on the Organ Screen of York Minster


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 64 x 94 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LI E

Display caption

These studies of the choir screen at York Minster are part of a group of small cards which have been variously attributed to Turner, to his contemporary Thomas Girtin, or to others of the circle of artists who used to meet in Dr Munro's informal sketching 'Academy' in the Adelphi. The cards may have been used by Turner in conjunction with his sketchbooks. There are some discrepancies between the figures represented here and the screen as it is today, which cannot be accounted for by nineteenth-century restoration.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

See also the architectural detail of the screen on Tate D02373 (Turner Bequest LI F).
Technical notes:
The laid card on which this and D02373 are made is similar to that used by Turner for his small ‘almanack’ compositions; see Tate D00707, D00709, D36630 (Turner Bequest XXIX B, D, CCCLXXIX 5). In this case the shape is slightly irregular.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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