- Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
- Graphite and watercolour on paper
- Support: 267 x 210 mm
Framed: 532 x 463 mm
- Lent from a private collection 1994
On long term loan
As his inscription shows, Turner made this watercolour at the age of seventeen. He was already active as a drawing master, and the watercolour evidently served as a model for an inidentified pupil. Turner kept the pupil's version of the subject (shown alongside). The church was once thought to be Stoke Poges but is now correctly identified. Later, in the 1820s, Turner became a regular visitor to Petworth, the Sussex estate of his patron and friend Lord Egremont.
Gallery label, September 2004