Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Sketches near Rokeby: Brignall Church; Wycliffe Hall


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 125 × 206 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXLVII 29

Catalogue entry

The main sketch records the view of Brignall Church from near the bank of the River Greta looking upstream. Turner drew a second sketch of the same material, but from a higher and slightly more distant viewpoint, on the verso (D11488).
The site of Brignall Church lies on the west bank of the Greta about a mile and a half south of Rokeby, and may be accessed along about a mile of footpath starting from Greta Bridge. The medieval church drawn by Turner was demolished in 1834 when much of the stone was carried off to build a replacement on higher ground in the village. The original site, however is readily recognisable.
The sketch of Wycliffe Hall forms a continuation to the right of the sketch on folio 28 recto (D11485). For Wycliffe and Wycliffe Hall in this sketchbook see folio 26 recto (D11482).

David Hill
February 2009

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