The gate was built by Bishop Bekynton as an entrance to the Bishop’s Palace from the Market Place, an amenity that Bekynton gave to the people of Wells in 1451. Another view of the same gate, seen from farther away across the Market Place, is in the South Wales sketchbook (Tate D00553; Turner Bequest XXVI 1).
The bottom right corner (or top right corner relative to the sketchbook’s foliation) has been lost and made up.
Finberg 1909, I, p.43; see also p.44.
Inscribed, probably not by Turner, in pencil ‘Wells’; and in a later hand in pencil ‘19 | 14 439’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.