Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The Ruins of All Saints’ Church, Dunwich; Coastal View of Dunwich

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
D18257
Turner Bequest CCIX 51 a

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has made a cursory sketch of the hollowed ruins of All Saints’ Church at Dunwich on the Suffolk North Sea coast (see Tate D18237; Turner Bequest CCIX 41a). As one can see from the drawing, the Church stands at the very periphery of the cliff. One hundred years after this drawing was made, the entirety of All Saints’ Church had fallen into the North Sea below, with the exception of one stone buttress.
With the sketchbook turned upside down, Turner has rendered a view of Dunwich which extends onto the folio opposite (Tate D18258; Turner Bequest CCIX 52).

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2015

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