Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Cloisters of Worcester Cathedral


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 114 × 191 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 87 a

Catalogue entry

The subject was correctly identified as the ‘cloisters’ of Worcester Cathedral by A.J. Finberg (died 1939) and the watercolour and Turner scholar C.F. Bell (died 1966) in undated manuscript notes in copies of Finberg’s 1909 Inventory, where he had described the subject as simply the ‘interior’ of the cathedral.1
This vigorous sketch appears to show the view within the cloisters from the south-west corner. Their exterior is shown on the recto (D22313); compare also the sketch inside the cloisters at Chester Cathedral on folio 15 verso (D22178). For other views of Worcester, see under folio 2 verso (D22154).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

A.J. Finberg, undated MS notes in a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.II, p.737; C.F. Bell, undated MS notes in another copy at the same location, vol.II, p.737.

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