Joseph Mallord William Turner

Church Tower on a Quayside

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 96 x 59 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25687
Turner Bequest CCLXV 25 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned to the right is a drawing of a quayside with a gothic church tower. Boats in the quay can be seen to the left and at the top left of the page is a separate sketch of a boat at sail. The tiny sketch of bridge arches, inscribed ‘6’ (to remind the artist of the total number of arches), is another clue to the location of this sketch, though the church remains unidentified. The sketches of shipping across folios 17 verso–18 (D25671–D25672) may include this same church tower. There are further sketches of church towers on folios 34 (D25704) and 53 verso (D25738).

Thomas Ardill
May 2010

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