Joseph Mallord William Turner

Views of Colchester

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
D18274
Turner Bequest CCIX 60 a

Catalogue entry

These cursory sketches were taken with the book turned upside down. Previously unidentified, this cataloguer proposes that Turner depicts the Essex town of Colchester here. The profile of Colchester Castle can be seen at centre towards left, marked by a tower topped with a dome. The River Colne is suggested loosely in the foreground.
See also Tate D18164–D18166, D18169, D18171, D18186, D18275–D18276, D18286, D18296–D18297; Turner Bequest CCIX 3a–4a, 6a, 7a, 16, 61–62, 71, 80a–81 and the highly finished watercolour Colchester produced for the England and Wales print series (Courtauld Institute Galleries, London).1

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2015

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.392 no.789.

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