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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Salisbury: The Close Gate 1795

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 19 Recto:
Salisbury: The Close Gate 1795
Turner Bequest XXIV 19
Pencil on white wove paper, 264 x 204 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Close Gate, Sarum’ bottom right, ‘FRICKER SHOE [...]’ on building left and ‘?AUV | VAG’ on sign right
Stamped in black ‘XXIV 19’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The North Gate, one of the four entrances to the Close at Salisbury, is seen from the High Street with the spire of the Cathedral rearing up beyond. This pencil study was the basis for two finished watercolours. One was shown at the Royal Academy in 1796,1 and another executed in about 1802 for Sir Richard Colt Hoare (1758–1838) (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge).2 A version in a private collection3 appears to be a copy of the exhibited watercolour. The subject occurs in the list of ‘Order’d Drawings’ on the flyleaf (D41250); see also other Salisbury drawings between folios 14 recto and 21 recto (D00421, D00428).
Wilton 1979, p.323 no.209.
Cormack 1975, pp.35–8 no.11, pl.11; Wilton 1979, pp.322–3 no.208, reproduced.
Wilton 1979, p.323 no.210, reproduced.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Salisbury: The Close Gate 1795 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2012, 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-salisbury-the-close-gate-r1141004, accessed 23 October 2021.