J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Church with a Broached Spire ?1796

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Church with a Broached Spire ?1796
D00855
Turner Bequest XXXI M
Pencil and grey wash on white card, 184 x 236 mm
Stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XXXI M’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg conjectured that the church shown here is St Michael’s, Mickleham, near Dorking, Surrey, which Turner might have drawn when visiting the seat of William Lock at Norbury Park.1 The identification with Mickleham is not convincing, however, though the church is of a type common in Surrey; it is very possibly a parish church in the region of Dorking.
1
For trees in the grounds at Norbury, see Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.316 nos.153– 156, and probably 157 (various collections; 155 and 157 reproduced); similar subjects are known in other collections.
Verso:
Blank; the card stained with mould; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Church with a Broached Spire ?1796 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-church-with-a-broached-spire-r1140058, accessed 19 December 2014.