Joseph Mallord William Turner

Holy Island Cathedral


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Watercolour and bodycolour on paper
Support: 285 × 193 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXX 111

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When the series of 'Southern Coast' views was reaching its conclusion around 1824, Turner and William Cooke intended to continue the publication with views of the east coast. By the end of 1826, however, they had quarrelled bitterly over the terms upon which it should advance. Turner nevertheless determined to issue the work himself and made a series of watercolours on blue paper which were engraved by J.C.Allen, but remained unpublished. This watercolour would appear to be related to the project. Turner had first visited Holy Island in 1797 and was to include a view of the island in the 'Picturesque Views in England and Wales'.

Gallery label, August 2004

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