Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Battersea Church and Bridge, with Chelsea Beyond
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 201 x 327 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXXII A
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
The majority of Turner’s copy-drawings are of generalised Picturesque compositions, occasionally incorporating identifiable topographical elements. This sheet is different in so far as it shows a clearly identifiable place, although it is executed in the broad, unspecific manner of the other copy-drawings.
The Bequest includes remarkably few London views, given that Turner lived there, in one location or another, all his life. This drawing derives special interest from the fact that it includes, at the extreme left, the row of houses in which Turner himself was to live much later in his life. Battersea Church, on the right, is visible from the windows of his house and he is supposed to have painted sunset skies from the gazebo or bay-window built into the west end of the church.
The verso is D41458.
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