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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Whitehall, Shrewsbury ?1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 68 Recto:
Whitehall, Shrewsbury ?1831
D22275
Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 68
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 191 mm
Partial watermark ‘R Ba | 18’
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘68’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXXXIX – 68’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject was identified without further comment as ‘Shrewsbury’ by A.J. Finberg (died 1939) and the watercolour and Turner scholar C.F. Bell (died 1966) in undated manuscript notes in copies of Finberg’s 1909 Inventory.1 The building shown in two separate studies, one orientated horizontally on the left and another with the page turned vertically to its right, is Whitehall, a sandstone Elizabethan mansion on a square plan with three similar gables on each side around a central cupola.2 Now apartments, it stands on the corner of Whitehall Street and Monkmoor Road, among suburban housing and offices, with a car park on two sides. The building to the right in the left-hand view is the small gatehouse on Monkmoor Road, west of the main building, which is seen from the north-west. The site is not far east of Shrewsbury Abbey, seen on the verso (D22276).
The small tower and spires at the right are presumably those of central Shrewsbury, seen to the west from the vicinity. For other views of Shrewsbury, see under folio 24 recto (D22182).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

1
A.J. Finberg, undated MS notes in a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.II, p.736; C.F. Bell, undated MS notes in another copy at the same location, vol.II, p.736.
2
See Nikolaus Pevsner, Shropshire, The Buildings of England, Harmondsworth 1958, pp.286–7.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Whitehall, Shrewsbury ?1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-whitehall-shrewsbury-r1148921, accessed 21 September 2019.