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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Ludlow: Studies of Tracery in St Laurence's Church 1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Ludlow: Studies of Tracery in St Laurence’s Church 1798
Turner Bequest XLIV R
Pencil on white card, 153 x 181 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom centre
Inscribed in pencil ‘R’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XLIV – R’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Architectural historian Christopher Wilson has identified the drawing at top left of this group as showing the tracery of the great east window of St Laurence’s Church, Ludlow.1 To its right is a detail of the window at the east end of the north chancel aisle. That at bottom right is the tracery of the upper storey of the crossing tower, showing one of the niches for statuary, with a plinth. Ludlow is the largest church in Shropshire, and its tower rises 41 metres (135 feet).
Personal communication.
Technical notes:
There are blue colour trials at the bottom right corner.
Blank; a green colour trial (perhaps related to the drawing on Tate D00715; Turner Bequest XXIX J); stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Ludlow: Studies of Tracery in St Laurence’s Church 1798 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-ludlow-studies-of-tracery-in-st-laurences-church-r1174984, accessed 25 October 2021.