Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Church Spire and a Clock Tower among Wooded Hills, Probably in Kent


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 76 × 98 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 13

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the church with a slender spire rising above wooded hills is unidentified, but is likely in Kent given the identified subjects elsewhere in this sketchbook; see the Introduction. The same building appears to be shown in the distance on folio 12 verso opposite (D35780), and see also folio 14 recto (D35783).
Below is what appears to be a clock tower, possibly with a cupola in Baroque style. Its relationship with the church is unclear, but it and its surroundings may form a separate study, representing a continuation to the left or right of the upper section, or a separate view nearby.
Compare what may be another view of the same location on folios 22 verso–23 recto (D35796, D35798; Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 21–22).

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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