Joseph Mallord William Turner

Petworth Park and All Hallows Church, Tillington, from the Upperton Monument

1825

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18737
Turner Bequest CCXIII 18

Catalogue entry

This panoramic prospect, which continues across folio 17 verso opposite (D18736), is to the south-east from the vicinity of the Upperton Monument folly in Petworth Park. Nearly a mile away in the distance on the right here is the tower of All Hallows, Tillington, while Petworth House appears on the other page.1 Ian Warrell has noted the possibility of Turner’s involvement in the design of the unusual ‘flying arched tower’ of Tillington Church, and how he here ‘defines the pinnacles ... with particular care’.2 The animals in the foreground here appear to be cattle (see also the written note in the similar view on the verso, D18738), rather than the deer seen on folio 20 recto (D18741).
The sequence of sketches between folio 17 verso (D18736) and (apparently) folio 26 recto (D18753), and possibly 26 verso (D18754), comprises Sussex subjects in the vicinity of Petworth, those as far as folio 22 verso (D18746) showing the park west of the house. For a note on Lord Egremont, Petworth, and Turner’s work there, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

1
The subject was identified in undated MS notes by A.J. Finberg (died 1939) and C.F. Bell (died 1966) in their respective copies of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.II, p.648; see also Warrell in Butlin, Luther and Warrell 1989, p.131.
2
See Warrell 1989, pp.126, 127, 131.

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