after Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sleaford Church, engraved by Batholemew Howlett

published 1801

Medium
Engraving on paper
Dimensions
None
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Transferred from the British Museum 1988
Reference
T05918

Display caption

One reason for Turner's 1797 journey appears to have been to gather material to illustrate Bartholomew Howlett's Select Views in the County of Lincoln, in which this view of Sleaford subsequently appeared. The watercolour it is based on is now in the collection of the Rhode Island School of Design in America. As a result of his 1797 visit to Lincolnshire, Turner received commissions for two small watercolours of the churches at Boston and Louth. Neither of these were completed, but he later utilised the compositions for his series of Picturesque Views in England and Wales (nos.78 and 86-7).

Gallery label, August 2004

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