We are pleased to make available here the excellent article The Turner Collector: Elhanan Bicknell written in 1987 by Peter Bicknell with Helen Guiterman
This text transcript of the original article of 1987 was made by Marcus Bicknell in October 2019 from an original copy of the magazine Turner Studies (his Art & Epoch 1775-1851) - Summer 1987 Vol.7 No 1. We thank the magazine, and the editor of Turner Studies (the late Eric Shanes) and the Tate Gallery for their diligence in publishing this and many other important papers. Marcus Bicknell did this work as part of his own research into the art collection of his great great grandfather Elhanan Bicknell (image, right); the results of the research will be available on www.clarencebicknell.com when published.
Peter Bicknell (1907-1995) was an architect, mountaineer, teacher of architecture and art history, writer and exhibition presenter and a Fellow of Jesus College Cambridge. He bequeathed to Marcus Bicknell the collection of Clarence Bicknell vellum-bound albums of watercolours, sketchbooks and other ephemera. Peter's expertise in art history, especially Turner, makes this article a very good starting point for understanding the wealth of the art collection which Clarence's father had amassed.
The illustrations can be seen in the pdf reproduction of the article at https://www.clarencebicknell.com/images/downloads_news/turner_studies_peter_bicknell_1987.pdf
This text transcript is available for download from
A preview of Marcus Bicknell's research into Elhanan's collection work will be the subject of a presentation to the Independent Turner Society, chairman Selby Whittingham, in November 2019 in London...
- Two Turner Collectors, Friends of Ruskin
- Saint Cuthbert's Church, Philbeach Gardens, Earls Court, London SW5 9EB
- Wed, 20 November 2019 at 18:30