Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Church with a Spire, Surrounded by Old Houses

1797–8

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 207 x 267 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02371
Turner Bequest LI D

Catalogue entry

This scene in a town with a large Perpendicular church may have been drawn in Lincolnshire on Turner’s return from the north in 1797; however, it is more probably one of the towns he visited in connection with his work on the Oxford Almanack towards the end of the decade. For the dating of this drawing and contemporary views in the Oxford area, see under Tate D02358 (Turner Bequest L Q).
Technical notes:
The sheet has been folded vertically down the centre. It is one of a sequence of sixteen Yorkshire and other subjects included in the present subsection which were executed on uniform sheets of paper, as discussed and listed in the Introduction.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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