J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Liverpool from Birkenhead 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 7 Recto:
Liverpool from Birkenhead 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXVI 7
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 187 mm
Inscribed in blue ink by John Ruskin ‘7’ top right and ‘342’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXVI 7’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Continued from folio 6 verso (D25773) is a sketch of Liverpool from Birkenhead. The most prominent landmarks on the present page are, from left to right, the domes of St Paul and the Town Hall, and the three spires of the churches of St Nicholas, St George in Derby Square and St Thomas in Park Lane. Of these only St Nicholas still stands today. In front of the two domes is a row of vertical dashes representing the masts of ships in Princes Dock.1

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

Identified by Dr Joseph Sharples, Email to the author, 22 April 2009; Ardill 2009, pp.12–14.

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Liverpool from Birkenhead 1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-liverpool-from-birkenhead-r1134141, accessed 24 June 2021.