Joseph Mallord William Turner

West Door of Elgin Cathedral

1831

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 163 × 104 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D27207
Turner Bequest CCLXXVII 134

Catalogue entry

This careful but economical sketch shows the west door of Elgin Cathedral. Turner was keen to record details of the arches and windows and the carvings around the elaborate doorway, but drew just enough of every part in detail in order to suggest the whole. The doorway can be seen at the right of the sketch on folio 134 (D27208). There are further sketches of architectural details on folio 133 verso (D27206). See folio 139 (D27215) for references to further sketches of Elgin in this sketchbook.

Thomas Ardill
May 2010

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