Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Vale of Heathfield, with Heathfield Park


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 181 x 228 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXXVII 41 a

Catalogue entry

Forming a double-spread with folio 43 (D10262; Turner Bequest CXXXVII 42) and also continued slightly to the left on folio 41 verso (D10259; CXXXVII 40a) this view looks across the estate of Heathfield Park, past the spire of All Saints Church, Heathfield towards the coast and Beachy Head in the distance. In D10266 it reaches as far as the Gibraltar Tower. The resulting watercolour made for John Fuller about 1816 (British Museum, London)1 and the print engraved by William Bernard Cooke for Views in Sussex has been described as an ‘impressive but not strictly veracious landscape’.2
Fuller was related to Lord Heathfield who had led a heroic defence of Gibraltar during a Spanish siege in 1779–82. The Gibraltar Tower was built by a later owner of the estate in memory of Lord Heathfield’s action.

David Blayney Brown
March 2011

Wilton 1979, p.348 no.427.
E.V. Lucas, Highways and Byways in Sussex, London 1912, pp.380–1.

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