Joseph Mallord William Turner

?A Church Tower, Probably in Kent; Sailing Boats

c.1830

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 98 × 76 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35801
Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 24 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, towards the top is the outline of what is likely a church tower, with low buildings, perhaps boatsheds, to the right. Below is a study of a boat or boats under sail, while the slight details below are unclear. The setting is probably Kent, the subject of many identified drawings in this sketchbook; see the Introduction.
The same tower seems to be shown on folio 26 recto opposite (D35802; Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 25).

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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