Joseph Mallord William Turner

An Industrial ?Midlands Town

1830

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 120 x 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22138
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 84

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this is a version of the upper view on folio 85 verso opposite (D22137; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 83a). It shows what seems to be the west end and tower of a Gothic church, seen from the south-west, set on an eminence with houses below, another spire beyond, a low church tower and two tall industrial chimney stacks (one of which is issuing smoke in the version on the opposite page); these last features are what prompt a Midlands identification in the context of the known subjects in this sketchbook. The note, apparently of ‘Reeds’, in the foreground suggests a riverside viewpoint. The fragmentary sketches on folio 88 verso (D22142; CCXXXVIII 86a) appear to show the same town.
Verso:
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Matthew Imms
August 2013

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