Joseph Mallord William TurnerGatcombe, Isle of Wight: St George's Church 1795

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Artist
Title
Gatcombe, Isle of Wight: St George's Church
From Isle of Wight Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XXIV
Date 1795
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 264 x 204 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00434
Turner Bequest XXIV 26
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 27 Recto:
Gatcombe, Isle of Wight: St George’s Church 1795
D00434
Turner Bequest XXIV 26
Pencil on white wove paper, 264 x 204 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘26’ bottom right (now very faint)
Stamped in black ‘XXIV 26’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg guessed that this drawing shows Arreton Church, but Dearden has identified it as St Olave’s, Gatcombe, about two miles south of Carisbrooke (see folios 24 recto, 25 recto, 26 recto; D00431–D00433; Turner Bequest XXIV 24, 25, 25a). Dearden suggests that Turner passed through the village on his way from Newport to the southern coast of the island, but he may have taken it in on his way back to Newport from Yarmouth at the end of his tour (see the introduction to the sketchbook). The crocketed corner pinnacles on the tower recorded by Turner have not survived.
Technical notes:
There are traces at the top and top right of blue colour from a watercolour on a previous page, perhaps that on folio 26 recto (D00433; Turner Bequest XXIV 25a).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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