Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Nicholas’ Church, Yarmouth

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
D18189
Turner Bequest CCIX 17 a

Catalogue entry

This previously unidentified study shows St Nicholas’ Church in Yarmouth on the Norfolk coast. Founded in 1101, the church suffered huge damage during a German air raid in the Second World War.1 As a result, the tapering masonry spire depicted here no longer stands. Surrounding Turner’s detailed study are small jottings of Gothic architectural details: arches, portals, tracery, mouldings, and a small rose window. At top right there is also a sketch of buildings and houses at Yarmouth.
The church is shown again on the folio opposite (Tate D18190; Turner Bequest CCIX 18).

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2015

1
‘Great Yarmouth: St Nicholas’ Church’, Norfolk Heritage Explorer, accessed 7 January 2015, http://www.heritage.norfolk.gov.uk/record-details?TNF434-Great-Yarmouth-St-Nicholas'-Church-(Urban-Summary)

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