Joseph Mallord William Turner

Crowhurst Park


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 200 × 323 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXXVIII 8

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Painting and drawing subjects for commissioned engravings took up much
of Turner's time. Many of his sketching tours were made in order to collect visual material for topographical picturesque views. The completed engraving made from this
sketch hangs nearby. It shows how closely the finished design resembles Turner's
first compositional ideas.


The picture is dominated by the central
trees but just visible, stretching along Pevensey Bay beyond, are a number
of round Martello Towers. This chain of defensive constructions, built during the Napoleonic wars, is still a feature of this
part of the southern coast.


Gallery label, September 2004

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