Joseph Mallord William Turner

Church and Cottages by the Thames: ?Clifton Hampden

1805

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 143 x 228 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05887
Turner Bequest XCIV 34 a

Catalogue entry

Hill’s suggestion of Clifton Hampden is probably correct, the sketch showing the bluff on the Oxfordshire bank of the Thames on which the church stands. As Hill further notes, a sketch inside the back cover (D40637) seems to be of the same site from a different angle. Originally from the twelfth century, the church would have been derelict when Turner saw it. The present church of St Michael and All Angels, incorporating the early remains, was designed by George Gilbert Scott, 1843–64.

David Blayney Brown
December 2007

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