Joseph Mallord William Turner

Views of Orford


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 118 × 115 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCIX 89

Catalogue entry

Here Turner records aspects of Orford on the Suffolk North Sea coast. At rear the twelfth-century Orford Castle is depicted; it is shown again at centre, to the right of St Bartholomew’s Church. Turner has inscribed ‘Orford’ at centre right. At the upper register is a series of coastal views; a distant Orfordness lighthouse is included in one of the prospects. The uppermost sketch is a beach scene with houses atop low cliffs overlooking the shore; ‘Thorpe’ is inscribed below one of the buildings. This must refer to Thorpeness, a village which lies to the north of Orford and Aldebrugh on the North Sea coast.
These sketches and others (Tate D18304–D18308; Turner Bequest CCIX 86a–88a) are associated with a vignette watercolour of Orford Haven produced in around 1827 for the East Coast series (see general introduction) and the highly finished watercolour Orford, Suffolk of the same date intended for the England and Wales print publication project.1

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2015

Wilton 1979, p.393 no.796 and Krause 1997, p.162 no.49.

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