Joseph Mallord William Turner

Colchester

c.1824

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 x 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18286
Turner Bequest CCIX 71

Catalogue entry

Employing agile line, here Turner has sketched a view of the town of Colchester in Essex. Colchester Castle is visible atop the ridge at centre and the River Colne and Middle Mill are rendered in the foreground. This sheet is related to the highly finished watercolour of Colchester produced for the England and Wales print series (Courtauld Institute Galleries, London).1
Other sketches of the town are found on Tate D18164–D18166, D18169, D18171, D18186, D18275–D18276, D18296–D18297; Turner Bequest CCIX 3a–4a, 6a, 7a, 16, 61–62, 80a–81.
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.392 no.789.
Verso:
Blank.

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2015

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