Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Botolph’s Church, Boston, from the River Witham

c.1833–4

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 299 x 494 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25143
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 21

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Throughout his career Turner made preliminary colour studies as part of the process of developing more finished designs, but this practice was particularly common during the 1820s and 1830s when he was at work on the England and Wales watercolours. This study seems to have acted as an intermediate stage between Turner's upright view of Boston in the 'North of England' sketchbook, and the England and Wales watercolour (now at McMaster University in Canada), where the distinctive tower of St Botolph's church is set in a wider landscape.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

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