Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Views of the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Aldeburgh (from the North -East and the South-West)


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 115 × 118 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCIX 56 a

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In 1824 Turner travelled north from London to visit Walter Fawkes in Yorkshire, passing through Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk on his journey. His choice of this route was no doubt influenced by his work on the proposed continuation of the 'Coast' project up the east side of England. However, once he began to make watercolours for the 'Picturesque Views in England and Wales' venture in the following year, this sketchbook provided subject matter for drawings of Colchester, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Orford, as well as Aldeburgh (

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

Here Turner has produced a study of the Church of St Peter and St Paul at Aldeburgh, Suffolk. The artist renders the building from north-easterly and south-westerly viewpoints. The majority of the church is sixteenth century, though the tower dates from the fourteenth. This sketch and those on Tate D18266, D18268–D18272; Turner Bequest 56, 57–59a became the preparatory material for a highly finished watercolour entitled Aldborough, Suffolk (Tate N05236). This design was engraved in 1827 by Edward Goodall for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales print publication project (Tate impression T04522).
Technical notes:
There is a blot of blue watercolour paint at bottom left.

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2015

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