Wells Cathedral

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1795 - 1796 probably

LL 3780

About this object

Turner made several studies of Wells Cathedral when he visited it in 1795. There is a similar sketch to this watercolour in the collection of Tate Britain (no. XXVI 2). The sketch includes several ecclesiastical figures outside the doors of the cathedral. Turner replaced them in this finished version with a group playing cricket and hoop.

The detailed drawing of the cathedral in this watercolour is indebted to Turner’s architectural training.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:probably 23 April 1775, died:19 December 1851)
  • Date
    1795 - 1796 probably
  • Materials
    Pencil; Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 42.4 cm x 54.7 cm
  • Physical description
    The west front of the catherdral dominates the composition, with the view cut-off by the picture's top right and right hand edges. Tiny figures playing cricket in front, and there are play hoops scattered in the foreground.
  • Related people
    Agnew's Gallery (Previous owner); John Alnutt (Previous owner); Crofts (Previous owner); Haghe (Previous owner); A P Haig (Previous owner); William Hesketh Lever (Previous owner); Joseph Shepherd Munden (Previous owner); James Orrock (Previous owner); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker); Wallis (Previous owner); Benjamin Godfrey Windus (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    Out of Use Accession Number: WHL 3780
  • Credit line
    Purchased by William Hesketh Lever in 1913
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Lady Lever Art Gallery collections

Explore related

Publications

  • British Watercolours and Drawings: Lord Leverhulme's Collection in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

    Jessica Feather

    Author: Jessica Feather
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press & National Museums Liverpool
    Date: 2010
    Description: Lord Leverhulme's Collection catalogue of Watercolours and Drawings in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

Ownership

Previous owners

  • William Hesketh Lever

    Owned from: 1912
    How acquired: Purchased from James Orrock
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • James Orrock

    Owned from: 1912
    How acquired: Probably purchased from Agnews
    Owned until: 1912
    Disposal method: Sold to Lever
  • Agnew's Gallery

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1912
    Disposal method: Probably sold to James Orrock
  • Wallis

    Owned from: 1910
    How acquired: Purchased from Christie's on 27 May 1910, Lot 47
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • A P Haig

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1910
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on 27 May 1910, Lot 47
  • Haghe

    Owned from: 1868
    How acquired: Purchased from Christie's on 15 February 1868, Lot 264
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Benjamin Godfrey Windus

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1868
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on 15 February 1868, Lot 264
  • Crofts

    Owned from: 1863
    How acquired: Purchased from Christie's on 18 June 1863
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • John Alnutt

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1863
    Disposal method: Sold posthumously at Christie's on 18 June 1863
  • Joseph Shepherd Munden

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: W Turner
    Inscription method: Ink
    Inscription note: Smudged
    Inscription location: Front; Upper right
Object view = Fine Art
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