Joseph Mallord William Turner

A River Valley with Houses and a Church Tower Beyond, Probably in South Devon

1814

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 90 x 152 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09664
Turner Bequest CXXXII 145

Catalogue entry

This scene, comprising a vigorously sketched foreground apparently showing the course of a river, with houses and a square church tower shown in more detail beyond against a hilly skyline, is presently unidentified, but probably in south Devon from its context in the sketchbook. The tower and the façade of the house to its left appear to be the same as those in the view on the verso (D09665).
Technical notes:
The leaf is rubbed and stained halfway down the right-hand edge, and a small loss has been made good. This appears to have been caused by proximity to the brass clasp formerly set into the back cover.

Matthew Imms
June 2014

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