Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Church, with a Rainbow

1796–7

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 93 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01165
Turner Bequest XXXVII 48

Catalogue entry

The composition, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, continues across folio 25 recto opposite (D01166; Turner Bequest XXXVII 49). The church here, which appears to be of eighteenth-century design, may be St Mary’s Lewisham, Kent, now a suburb of south-east London. It was designed by J. Gibson and built 1774–7. Finberg proposed that the church is St Luke’s, Charlton, a brick building of about 1630 on the brow of a steep hill above the Thames, north of Lewisham. The topography of the drawing does not seem to correspond convincingly to this identification.

Andrew Wilton
September 2012

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