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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Ripon: Distant View with the Cathedral 1797

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Ripon: Distant View with the Cathedral 1797
Turner Bequest XXXVI E
Pencil on white wove paper, 208 x 267 mm
Watermark ‘J WHATMAN 1794’
Stamped in black ‘XXXVI E’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner made drawings at Ripon in his North of England and Tweed and Lakes sketchbooks (Tate D00925, D00926, D01008, D01009; Turner Bequest XXXIV 19, 20, XXXV 5, 6); this sketch and Tate D01098 (Turner Bequest XXXVI D) were apparently made during brief stops on his way out of the town. Here he has crossed the River Ure and climbed the Ure Bank to draw the panorama dominated by the Cathedral. The Minster became the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Ripon in 1836.
Technical notes:
There is a splash of grey pigment at the right-hand edge. The sheet has been folded vertically down the centre. It is one of a sequence of sixteen Yorkshire and other subjects included in the present subsection which were executed on uniform sheets of paper, as discussed and listed in the Introduction.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Ripon: Distant View with the Cathedral 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-ripon-distant-view-with-the-cathedral-r1150282, accessed 14 August 2022.