Joseph Mallord William Turner

?St Margaret’s Church, Lowestoft

c.1824

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 × 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18236
Turner Bequest CCIX 41

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned upside down, here Turner has made a partial study of a church. This may be St Margaret’s at Lowestoft on the Suffolk coast. The crenellation of the tower and the form of the window tracery (recorded by Turner in detail jottings above the building) resembles that of St Margaret’s. Dating to the fifteenth century, the church was remodelled in 1871.1 A further cursory sketch has been rendered with the sketchbook turned vertically. It shows the profile of cliffs on the coast with a lighthouse. This also may be a distant view of the lighthouse and coast at Lowestoft (Tate D18225–D18226; Turner Bequest CCIX 35a–36).

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2015

1
‘Church History’, St Margaret’s Lowestoft, accessed 15 January 2015, http://www.stmargaretslowestoft.co.uk/st-margarets-church/church-history

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