Wells Cathedral

Title: Wells Cathedral
Date: 1795 - 1796 probably
Artist(s): Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:1775-05-23 probably, died:1851-12-19)
Materials: Pencil; Watercolour; Paper
Information: 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.
Accession no: LL 3780
Credit line: Purchased by William Hesketh Lever in 1913
Location: Item not currently on display