Joseph Mallord William Turner

Street Scene; Façade of a Building

1824

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 × 78 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D19862
Turner Bequest CCXVI 154

Catalogue entry

The uppermost sketch is a swiftly executed street scene in a town or city; the location is difficult to decipher given the summary nature of Turner’s handling. The visible architecture includes a tall rectangular tower at right and a narrow conical tower behind it. The artist has dashed off a very slight record of a building below the street scene, taken with the sketchbook turned upside down.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

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