Joseph Mallord William Turner

Glasgow Cathedral from the South

1834

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26390
Turner Bequest CCLXIX 69

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted, this sketch of Glasgow Cathedral begins a short series of views of the city: folios 69–71 verso (D26390–D26395). This view is from the south of the Cathedral, perhaps from the High Street, and seems to look down on a busy street from a height, perhaps from a first- or second-floor window, although the rough nature of the sketch makes the foreground hard to decipher. The outline of the cathedral picks out its west tower (no longer extant), the central tower and the nave.
For references to further sketches of Glasgow see folio 73 verso (D26399).

Thomas Ardill
October 2010

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