Joseph Mallord William Turner

Wrexham Church from the East

1794

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 175 × 111 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00402
Turner Bequest XXIII b

Catalogue entry

The parish church of St Giles in Wrexham boasts an early sixteenth-century tower of exceptional height – 135 feet (41 metres). Turner made no other drawings of the building, but this and a study of houses in the town on folio 18 (D00224) was used for a watercolour now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.1
1
Not in Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979; see James Hamilton, Turner’s Britain, exhibition catalogue, Gas Hall, Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery 2003, pl.23 (colour).
Technical notes:
This sheet, now kept separately and listed by Finberg as Turner Bequest XXIII b, was a leaf apparently torn by Turner himself from the Matlock sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest XIX). A corresponding stub showing part of the church’s pinnacles survives as folio 17 recto in the sketchbook (Tate D41432; Turner Bequest XIX 16a), and the drawing continues a little way onto folio 16 verso (D41421).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram bottom left; inscribed in pencil ‘XXIII b’ and ‘XXII b.’ bottom right.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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