Joseph Mallord William Turner

The West Front of Würzburg Cathedral; Inscription by Turner: Financial Notes

1840

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 104 × 170 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41129

Catalogue entry

Made with the page turned horizontally, this very slight, loose sketch has been identified by Cecilia Powell as showing Würzburg Cathedral;1 the upper part, extending a little upwards onto folio 90 verso opposite (D41130) seems to indicate the twin towers flanking the gable end of the nave on the west front. For the extensive sequence of Würzburg views in this sketchbook and others elsewhere, see under folio 72 verso (D30596; Turner Bequest CCCIII 71).
The rest of the somewhat incoherent pencil work and the apparent inscription below are difficult to make out. At right-angles to the left, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, are brief scrawled notes including figures, probably of an ad hoc financial nature.
1
See Powell 1995, p.244.
Technical notes:
This is the rear paste-down, with some brown spotting from the glue securing it to the cover.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

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