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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin Mickleham Church, Surrey c.1796

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Mickleham Church, Surrey c.1796
Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 3
Pencil and grey and grey-blue wash on white wove paper, 211 x 287 mm laid on a ruled mount of white wove paper, 250 x 325 mm
Inscribed in an early hand in pencil ‘Mickleham Surry’ on mount, bottom centre
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXXV – 3’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Probably commissioned by Dr Thomas Monro
Monro’s posthumous sale, Christie’s, London, 26 June 1833 (possibly 100)
Bought by or on behalf of Turner
The pencil work is by Girtin. A watercolour of this subject by Thomas Girtin is in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.1 Brown suggests that this is one of the drawings bought by Turner at Monro’s sale, Christie, 26 June 1833 (100).
Thomas Girtin and David Loshak, The Art of Thomas Girtin, London 1954, p.150 no.124; Brown 1982, pp.333–4 no.726.
Technical notes:
The sheet is discoloured from prolonged exposure. It is laid down on a paper mount (roughly cut from an album) with a ruled pencil border, which corresponds with the type of mount used in the two ‘Monro School’ albums at Tate (Turner Bequest CCCLXXIII, CCCLXXIV), and the two Savoy Chapel subjects, Tate D36523 and D36526 (Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 2, 5).
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram. Laid down on album page inscribed in a modern hand ‘117’.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Mickleham Church, Surrey c.1796 by Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin’, catalogue entry, April 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-thomas-girtin-mickleham-church-surrey-r1141251, accessed 17 January 2018.