Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Highgate Archway from the North

1813

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 95 × 157 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09378
Turner Bequest CXXXI 137 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, as with the more distant sketch on folio 225 verso (D09376; Turner Bequest CXXXI 136a), the viewpoint appears to be the then open countryside east of the Great North Road, looking south to the new Highgate Archway with Highgate rising to the right.
The drawings between folios 218 verso and 227 verso (D09362–D09380; Turner Bequest CXXXI 129a–138a) are all identified or likely Highgate views; they were probably made working in from the back of the book as now foliated. The subject is discussed under folio 128 verso (D09360; Turner Bequest CXXXI 128a), apparently incorrectly isolated from the rest of the sequence by a block of blank leaves.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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