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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Pontefract: The South Side of All Saints' Church, with the Porch and South Transept 1797

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 7 Recto:
Pontefract: The South Side of All Saints’ Church, with the Porch and South Transept 1797
D00912
Turner Bequest XXXIV 7
Pencil on white wove paper, 210 x 270 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘7’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XXXIV 7’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The church was ruined in 1644, during the Civil War, and not rebuilt. Turner drew its shell, changing his position as he completed the drawing to include as much as possible of the structure. David Hill notes the pentimento in the drawing of the gable of the transept at the upper right.
The subject is drawn with the page turned horizontally. See also folios 8 recto and 9 recto (D00913, D00914).

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Pontefract: The South Side of All Saints’ Church, with the Porch and South Transept 1797 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-pontefract-the-south-side-of-all-saints-church-with-the-r1150067, accessed 27 May 2024.