Joseph Mallord William Turner

Part of Petworth Church, Sussex, Seen from the North-West


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Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 272 x 213 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXIII E

Technique and condition

This composition is executed on cream wove writing paper. Faint graphite pencil drawing is evident, followed by pale blue watercolour wash applied to depict all details. For example, the effect of the mortar has been created by leaving areas of blank paper visible. Indigo is the only pigment used.

Helen Evans
October 2008

Revised by Joyce Townsend
February 2011

Catalogue entry

The identification is due to Ian Warrell. The distinctive use here of blocks of blue wash to ‘enact’ the construction of the masonry is to be found also in the view of a church tower (Tate D00185; Turner Bequest XVII J).
Washed with a grey tone; stained; inscribed in a modern hand ‘116’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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