Joseph Mallord William Turner

Brignall Church on the Banks of the River Greta

1816

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 125 × 206 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11488
Turner Bequest CXLVII 29 a

Catalogue entry

Here Turner records the view towards Brignall Church, looking up the River Greta, from a viewpoint slightly more distant and higher than in a foregoing sketch on folio 29 recto (D11487; see catalogue notes), but closer and lower than in one in the Yorkshire 2 sketchbook (Tate D11213; Turner Bequest CXLV 106) used on the same tour. The present sketch formed the basis of a studio watercolour Brignall Church (destroyed in a fire in the nineteenth century)1 engraved for Thomas Dunham Whitaker’s History of Richmondshire, part of the projected seven-volume General History of the County of York (see Introduction to the sketchbook), and published in 1822.

David Hill
February 2009

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.365 no.567.

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