Joseph Mallord William Turner

Town on a River

1802–3

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 154 x 240 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04779
Turner Bequest LXXVII 37

Catalogue entry

This view and that on folio 47 verso of this sketchbook (D04793) appear to show the same subject, a town or village with a church or similar tower in a broad river valley. It is probably in the Thames valley and might be Sunningwell, the home of Turner’s uncle (see Introduction), although the form of the tower seems somewhat different from the church there.
Verso:
Blank, but with splashes of yellow, blue and reddish-brown watercolour. Inscribed probably by John Ruskin in red ink ‘828’ top right

David Blayney Brown
March 2004

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