Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Mary’s Church, Monken Hadley, Middlesex


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 252 × 211 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 1

Catalogue entry

Probably commissioned by Dr Thomas Monro
Monro’s posthumous sale, Christie’s, London, 26 June 1833 (possibly 100)
Bought by or on behalf of Turner
This is presumably copied from a print or drawing by another artist. The pencil work is probably by Girtin, but is possibly by a different hand. Finberg’s entry implies that the sheet was inscribed ‘Hadley’ but the inscription is not extant.
The house seen behind the church in this view had belonged to Dr Monro’s elder brother John, who moved there in 1791 after retiring from his position at Bethlehem Hospital; he died there later in the same year, and when Turner drew the place the house was lived in by another Monro brother, James. Turner made another watercolour of the church (private collection),1 which is dated 1793 on a tombstone, and constitutes the earliest evidence of a connection between the artist and the doctor.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.305 no.40, reproduced.
Technical notes:
The sheet is slightly discoloured from prolonged exposure.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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