Joseph Mallord William Turner

Leicester from the Abbey on the River Soar

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: 78 × 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22367
Turner Bequest CCXL 25

Catalogue entry

Although Finberg bracketed this page with the studies of Hardingstone Cross on folio 24 verso opposite (D22366) as ‘Gothic monument, with view of city’,1 the sketches are separate. The present page shows Leicester to the south along the valley of the River Soar, with the outer wall of the ruined Leicester Abbey on the right; the view is now obscured by trees. The skyline is comparable with that in the view of the abbey in the contemporary Kenilworth sketchbook (Tate D22006; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 18). The prominent tower is that of St Margaret’s Church, with the spire of St Martin’s (later Leicester Cathedral) beyond. Another Kenilworth sketch, (Tate D22130; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 80), may also show St Margaret’s beyond the ruins.

Matthew Imms
August 2013

1
Finberg 1909, II, p.739.

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