Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ruins at Richborough; a Town in a Valley with a Church Spire Above, Probably in Kent


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 76 × 98 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 37 a

Catalogue entry

Along the top of the page is a view of the Roman ruins at Richborough Castle near Sandwich; for others on nearby pages see under folio 7 recto (D35769).
Below is a view of buildings in a valley with a church spire beyond. Those in the foreground, including a prominent tower (perhaps with a cupola) appear to be beside a ‘canal’, and may be industrial. The view on folio 39 recto opposite (D35825; Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 38) may show another aspect of the same scene. Like the indentified views in this sketchbook, it is most likely in Kent; see the Introduction. See also folios 22 verso–23 recto (D35796, D35798; Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 21–22), and 37 verso–38 recto (D35821, D35823; Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 36–37).

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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