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Title:

Christchurch Gate, Canterbury

Maker:

Turner, Joseph Mallord William; draughtsman; British artist, 1775-1851

Category:

drawing

Name:

drawing

Date:

1792 1793

School/Style:

British

Technique:

watercolour

Material(s):

watercolour; medium
graphite; medium
paper; support; a strip has been added to the right, and the sheet has been trimmed at the bottom

Technique
Description:

watercolour over graphite on paper

Dimension(s):

height, 266, mm
width, 260, mm

Acquisition:

given; 1861; Ruskin, John

Provenance:

Charles Storkes by descent to Hannah Cooper (?) (appears in a list in the Cooper Notebooks for 1858, see Herrmann, Burl. Mag.)

Notes:

Ruskin's note on this drawing was 'An early drawing characteristic of his first architectural studies'. It was painted around 1792-93, when Turner was seventeen or eighteen years old, and was probably based on sketches which Turner made during a tour of Kent in 1792. Turner joined the Royal Academy schools in 1789, and around the same time began to work under Thomas Malton (1748-1804), who specialised in architectural draughtsmanship. The assured handling of perspective in this watercolour shows the influence of Malton's teaching, although the broken colour and more dramatic sense of lighting also suggest that Turner was familiar with the work of Edward Dayes (1763-1804) and Thomas Hearne (1744-1817), two of the leading topographical painters of the day. (Text from the 'Ruskin's Turners' Exhibition Website)

Inscription(s):

signature; bottom right; ink; Wm. Turner
; to the left; watercolour; CHALKS / WARHOUSE [sic] / TO MARGATE / Sun Street; shop signs

Exhibition(s):

Documentation:

Ruskin, John. Cook, E.T.. Wedderburn, Alexander. Works.p. 557

Finberg, A. J.. 1909. A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest: with which are included the twenty-three drawings bequeathed by Henry Vaughan.London?: H.M.S.O.p. 19
under XV.A

Finberg, A. J.. 1910. Turner's Sketches and Drawings.London?: p. 18

Finberg, A. J.. 1961. The Life of J.M.W. Turner, R.A..Oxford: p. 24

Cormack, Malcolm. 1975. J.M.W. Turner, R.A. 1775-1851; a catalogue of Drawings and Watercolours in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. 25-6
cat. no. 1, reproduced (black and white), pl. 1

Wilton, Andrew. 1979. The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner.London?:
no. 34

Accession:

Object Number: 568
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 13894; input: 2000-10-06; modified: 2019-09-30)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/13894





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