Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sandpits at Fittleworth, with St Mary’s Church

1809

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 107 x 180 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07762
Turner Bequest CXII 6

Catalogue entry

Wilkinson notes ‘a village called Frittleworth, near Petworth’ as the ‘likely subject’ of this and other drawings in the sketchbook, adding his own misspelling to Finberg’s misreading of Turner’s inscription here as ‘Frittlewell’. Butlin, Luther and Warrell were the first to confirm the presence of Fittleworth church, ‘recognisable despite substantial alterations in the nineteenth century’. Presumably this is Finberg’s ‘Yost House’, though what he meant by this is unclear; perhaps an oast house?
Fittleworth is just south-east of Petworth. Sandpits and quarries as seen also on folio 7 (D07763) were common in the area.
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David Blayney Brown
June 2009

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