Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin Mickleham Church, Surrey c.1796

Artwork details

Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Date c.1796
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 210 x 285 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 3
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Catalogue entry

Probably commissioned by Dr Thomas Monro
Monro’s posthumous sale, Christie’s, London, 26 June 1833 (possibly 100)
Bought by or on behalf of Turner
The pencil work is by Girtin. A watercolour of this subject by Thomas Girtin is in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.1 Brown suggests that this is one of the drawings bought by Turner at Monro’s sale, Christie, 26 June 1833 (100).
Thomas Girtin and David Loshak, The Art of Thomas Girtin, London 1954, p.150 no.124; Brown 1982, pp.333–4 no.726.
Technical notes:
The sheet is discoloured from prolonged exposure. It is laid down on a paper mount (roughly cut from an album) with a ruled pencil border, which corresponds with the type of mount used in the two ‘Monro School’ albums at Tate (Turner Bequest CCCLXXIII, CCCLXXIV), and the two Savoy Chapel subjects, Tate D36523 and D36526 (Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 2, 5).
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram. Laid down on album page inscribed in a modern hand ‘117’.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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