Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lichfield from the Racecourse on Whittington Heath; Lichfield Cathedral from the South-East


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 78 × 110 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXL 32

Catalogue entry

There are two sketches here. At the top is a distant view of Lichfield, Staffordshire, from the south-east, with the former racecourse beside the Tamworth road on Whittington Heath (now the site of a golf course and barracks).1 The three spires of Lichfield Cathedral are seen towards the top left. Across the centre is another view, showing the cathedral closer to the north-west from Borrowcop Hill off the Tamworth road, with the tower of St Mary’s Church in front (later rebuilt with a spire and now partly given over to Lichfield Heritage Centre).
For other views of Lichfield, see under folio 30 verso (D22378).
See ‘Whitttington Heath and Barracks’, Whittington History Society, accessed 8 July 2013,
Technical notes:
This leaf is affected by the extensive pale brown, mottled staining which extends throughout this particular gathering (folios 31–42; D22379–D22402) and also folios 30 and 43 recto and verso (D22377, D22378, D22403, D22404), as discussed in the Technical notes to the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
August 2013

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