Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Strips of Kent Coast: Reculver and Herne Bay

c.1805–9

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06464
Turner Bequest XCIX 61 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. In his view of Reculver, Turner shows the twin towers of the twelfth-century church (built in the ruins of a Roman fort) surmounted by tall spires. Most of the church was demolished in 1809 but the towers were retained with reduced versions of the spires and maintained by Trinity House as a navigational aid.

David Blayney Brown
March 2009

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