Joseph Mallord William Turner

Winchelsea; the Workhouse and Strand Gate

c.1816–19

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 155 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10519
Turner Bequest CXL 56 a

Catalogue entry

The building on the left is Winchelsea’s former workhouse, now Strand House. To its right, faintly outlined, is the Bridge Inn. Beyond is Strand Hill leading into Winchelsea through the Strand Gate. These appear in the distance in Turner’s watercolour Winchelsea, Sussex, and the Military Canal (private collection)1 based mainly on the sketch taken from the Royal Military Road from Rye on folio 62 verso of this sketchbook (D10517; Turner Bequest CXL 55a; see catalogue notes for further comment). Turner must have referred to both sketches for the watercolour, to which he added a coach and soldiers which partly obscure the buildings shown here.

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.348 no.430.

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