Joseph Mallord William Turner

Folkestone and St Mary and St Eanswythe Church, from the West

c.1821–2

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17252
Turner Bequest CXCVIII 27 a

Catalogue entry

As recognised by Finberg, here Turner records a view of Folkestone distinguished by the distinctive tower of the main parish church of St Mary and St Eanswythe visible towards the left of the composition.1 Viewed from the west, the harbour and town at Folkestone are obscured by the intervening hillside. A view of the church from the opposite direction is recorded on the facing page, folio 28 recto (D17253). Jagged, spiky lines indicate where the grassy verge gives way to the rocky cliff-face. For a list of Turner’s sketches in the present book which depict this church and scenes of Folkestone more generally, see the entry for folio 17 verso (D17235). For a comprehensive survey of Folkestone elsewhere in Turner’s oeuvre, see the sketchbook Introduction.

Maud Whatley
January 2016

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.604.

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