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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Salisbury: A Gothic Porch in a Garden ?1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Salisbury: A Gothic Porch in a Garden ?1798
Turner Bequest L I
Pencil, watercolour and stopping-out on white wove paper, 475 x 327 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘L – I’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
One of the series of Salisbury views commissioned by Richard Colt Hoare, this is a study, based on a pencil drawing (Tate D02349; Turner Bequest L H), of a fifteenth-century porch removed in 1791 by James Wyatt from outside the north transept of Salisbury Cathedral. It was embellished (presumably by Wyatt) with a short hexagonal spire and pinnacles, and placed as a garden ornament in the grounds of College House, Bourne Hill, seat of Henry Penruddocke Wyndham.1 The finished watercolour is at the British Museum, London.2
See Nikolaus Pevsner, Wiltshire, The Buildings of England, 2nd ed., revised by Bridget Cherry, Harmondsworth 1975, p.443.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.322 no.206, reproduced.
Blank; not stamped.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Salisbury: A Gothic Porch in a Garden ?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-salisbury-a-gothic-porch-in-a-garden-r1174085, accessed 21 September 2021.