Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ludlow: Studies of Tracery in St Laurence’s Church

1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 153 × 181 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01894
Turner Bequest XLIV R

Catalogue entry

Architectural historian Christopher Wilson has identified the drawing at top left of this group as showing the tracery of the great east window of St Laurence’s Church, Ludlow.1 To its right is a detail of the window at the east end of the north chancel aisle. That at bottom right is the tracery of the upper storey of the crossing tower, showing one of the niches for statuary, with a plinth. Ludlow is the largest church in Shropshire, and its tower rises 41 metres (135 feet).
1
Personal communication.
Technical notes:
There are blue colour trials at the bottom right corner.
Verso:
Blank; a green colour trial (perhaps related to the drawing on Tate D00715; Turner Bequest XXIX J); stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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