Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rotterdam: East End of Haringvliet; Boompjes; The English Church

1835

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 95 x 153 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D32457
Turner Bequest CCCXXI 7 a

Catalogue entry

The principal sketch depicts Rotterdam’s Haringvliet, one of the eastern ports named after herring ships that used to dock there. Windmills and shipping can be seen. Below this view is a rough sketch of Boompjes, a promenade overlooking the right bank of the New Maas in Rotterdam. The final sketch at bottom right shows the façade of Rotterdam’s English Church, dedicated to St Mary and located on the Haringvliet. As the name suggests, this church served the community of English settlers in the city, many of whom were textile merchants.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2016

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