Joseph Mallord William Turner

York Minster from near Fishergate with the River Foss

c.1816–18

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 117 x 180 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11977
Turner Bequest CLII 3

Catalogue entry

An old annotation to a volume of Finberg’s Inventory in Tate’s Library identifies the subject more precisely as ‘York from Fishergate on right walls and Fishergate postern, in centre St Croix Tower on left walls of Castle, in distance towers of Minster’. Turner records the view looking northwards along the River Foss from near the present Fishergate bridge, close to the confluence of the Foss with the River Ouse. A weir, and possibly lock gates, can be seen in the middle distance, presumably built to maintain a steady head of water against the tidal Ouse.
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David Hill
September 2008

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