Joseph Mallord William Turner

York Minster: The West Towers and South Transept from Minstergate


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 274 × 370 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXXV 86

Catalogue entry

As Turner scholar David Hill notes, the viewpoint is necessarily very close to the Minster, on account of the proximity of surrounding buildings. With the page turned horizontally, Turner has consequently been compelled to modify the perspective in order to incorporate as much as possible of the south façade and west towers, turning through an angle of some forty degrees so that the towers appear to be on the diagonal. Five other drawings record the interior of the Minster: one is in the contemporary North of England sketchbook (Tate D00975; Tate XXXIV 66); the other four are on the following leaves of this book, folios 89 recto, 90 recto, 91 recto and 92 recto (D01075–D01078; Turner Bequest XXXV 73, 74, 75, 76).
Technical notes:
The paper is discoloured from exposure, except where the edges were formerly protected by a mount.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
August 2010

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