551a. [D04173] Landscape with Distant Church
THE BRITISH MUSEUM, LONDON (LXX-V)
Oil on canvas, trimmed irregularly, approx. 8 7/16 × 10 1/2 (21·5 × 26·5)
Coll. Turner Bequest 1856.
Lit. Finberg 1909, i, p. 176 (as ‘Church and Lane’); Ziff 1980, p. 167.
Despite having been selected for exhibition and numbering (782) by the National Gallery in the late 1860s this work does not seem to be by Turner; the forms and execution are altogether too delicate and precise. Andrew Wilton agrees with this verdict (verbal communication) though Ziff accepts the work as genuine.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984