Joseph Mallord William Turner

An Ivy-Clad Church with Figures near a Tomb, and Shipping Beyond

1796–7

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 93 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01233
Turner Bequest XXXVII 116

Catalogue entry

The composition continues across folio 58 recto opposite (D01234; Turner Bequest XXXVII 117). There is land beyond the water seen at the right of this view, so Turner has probably moved farther round the coast of Kent from Margate and Reculver (see folio 56 verso; D01231; Turner Bequest XXXVII 114) into the Thames estuary. The opposite shore is still closer in the drawing on folios 58 verso–59 recto (D01235–D01236; Turner Bequest XXXVII 118–119).
The figure reclining on a table-tomb on the opposite page, with other figures nearby, is echoed in Turner’s view of Llandaff Cathedral, shown at the Royal Academy in 1796 (Tate D00686; Turner Bequest XXVIII A).1

Andrew Wilton
September 2012

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.315 no.143, pl.24.

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