Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Nicholas’s Church and Milner Court, Sturry; Studies of Sailing Boats


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 98 × 76 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 9 a

Catalogue entry

The village of Sturry stands on the River Great Stour, along the main road towards Margate about three miles north-east of Canterbury (see under folio 3 recto; D35761). With the page inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the main drawing continues across folio 10 recto opposite (D35775). Seen to the south-west on the present page is Milner Court, formerly Sturry Court, begun in 1583 on a monastic site and much rebuilt,1 now part of King’s Junior School and obscured from this direction by later buildings; other aspects of the scene are described under D35775.
With the page turned vertically, the outer half is taken up with two separate studies of sailing boats, presumably observed at Deal (see under folio 4 recto; D35763) or Margate (see under folio 10 verso; D35776).
See ‘Sturry Milner Lane: Sturry Court’, British Listed Buildings, accessed 28 August 2015,
Technical notes:
Some scattered brown staining is offset from folio 10 recto opposite (D35775).

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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