J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Landscape with Figures; ?St Michael's Church, Shalfleet 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Recto:
A Landscape with Figures; ?St Michael’s Church, Shalfleet 1827
D18009
Turner Bequest CCVII 11
Pencil on white wove paper, 100 x 74 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘v [?warm]’ top right, and ‘Wi[...]’ towards top right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘11’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCVII – 11’ top right, ascending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned vertically, there are two slight sketches here. At the top is a landscape with trees or clouds, apparently with figures in the foreground; the accompanying notes are hard to make out. Compare the scenes on folio 10 verso opposite (D18008).
Separated by a horizontal pencil line, below is a slightly less hasty drawing of the east end of a small church with a broad, squat tower and a shallow spire, which is possibly St Michael’s, Shalfleet, six or seven miles south-west of Cowes, near the north coast of the Isle of Wight; the spire has since been taken down.1 For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

1
See historical images at ‘Photo Gallery: Isle of Wight – Shalfleet’, Isle of Wight Family History Society, accessed 27 August 2014, http://www.isle-of-wight-fhs.co.uk/pho_shf.html.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Landscape with Figures; ?St Michael’s Church, Shalfleet 1827 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-landscape-with-figures-st-michaels-church-shalfleet-r1183497, accessed 25 January 2022.