Joseph Mallord William Turner

Niton Church, Isle of Wight, from the South


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 264 × 204 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXIV 32

Catalogue entry

Niton is a village just inland from St Catherine’s Point, the southernmost tip of the Isle of Wight. The church, dating from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, is dedicated to St John the Baptist. No finished view of it by Turner is known, but he was later to paint in oils a scene at Niton, which he exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1826 with the title View from the Terrace of a Villa at Niton, Isle of Wight, from Sketches by a Lady (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston).1 The ‘Lady’ was Julia Gordon, formerly Bennet, who was to become a pupil of Turner’s in 1797, and with whom he maintained a friendship, as the painting shows, until the 1830s.
Dearden mentions an engraving of the old St. Catherine’s Lighthouse after ‘W. Turner’, but this does not seem to be connected with J.M.W. Turner or his Isle of Wight tour.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.144 no.234, pl.240.
Technical notes:
A large part of the bottom right corner of the sheet has been torn away and made up with off-white paper.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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