King Edgar's Gate, Worcester

Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775-1851)

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This gateway, legendarily attributed to the Anglo-Saxon King Edgar, has served as the entrance to the precincts of Worcester Cathedral since the fourteenth century.

With a typical nod to the local economy, Turner shows draymen unloading barrels, which may well have contained vinegar, the basic ingredient in Worcestershire sauce.

J. E. Fordham, Milbourn Bury near Royston, England; Inherited by F. N. Fordham, Royston, England; Inherited by A. R. Fordham Royston, England; (Christies London, England) 12 July 1918; Mr. Eccles; (Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd., London, England); sold to (John Mitchell, London) in 1955; Purchased for the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, with funds from the Lilly family in 1955.

Object Information

artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775-1851)
creation date
about 1794
materials
watercolor over pencil on white paper
dimensions
12-1/16 x 16-1/2 in.
mark descriptions
Signed in ink c.r.: Turner
Artist Watermark: J WHATMAN
accession number
55.23
credit line
Gift in memory of Evan F. Lilly
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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