Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies of a Harbour, with Houses, a Church and Boats

c.1820–40

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 64 × 94 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D34951
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 450

Catalogue entry

These rapid but quite detailed sketches of buildings on a waterfront with beached boats were presumably made directly during an unidentified tour, and probably show a British scene. The lower study includes a small Gothic church with a pinnacled square tower, seen from the south-east. There are more elaborate pinnacles on a smaller building over the rooftops to its south, and there appears to be a windmill in the distance on the right. The upper drawing seems to be a continuation to the left of the main view.
Finberg placed the sheet somewhat arbitrarily in a large ‘Miscellaneous: black and white’ grouping dated between about 1830 and 1841;1 it has been placed in the present section and given the widest date range assigned to other works here pending further investigation, although it could well be rather earlier.
1
See Finberg 1909, II, p.1152.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed in red ink ‘cccxliv.435’ (sic), with another three-digit suffix in pencil crossed through above, and ‘450’ in pencil above that.

Matthew Imms
August 2016

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