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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Ruined Chapel or Barn, with a Town near the Sea Beyond, and Distant Hills 1797

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 23 Recto:
A Ruined Chapel or Barn, with a Town near the Sea Beyond, and Distant Hills 1797
D00928
Turner Bequest XXXIV 22
Pencil on white wove paper, 210 x 270 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘22’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XXXIV 22’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg conjectured this scene, drawn with the page turned horizontally, was ‘at or near Ripon, on banks of River Nidd’, but the Nidd runs nowhere near Ripon, whose two rivers are the Ure and the Skell; and the hilly scenery suggests somewhere further north, perhaps, like the drawings on the following pages, near Richmond; though the atmosphere seems to be coastal and, as David Hill suggests, this may be a view near Tynemouth or on the Northumberland coast; see the subjects from folio 33 recto to 59 recto (D00938–D00964; Turner Bequest XXXIV 32–56). Hill points out that the boats in the foreground are colliers.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Ruined Chapel or Barn, with a Town near the Sea Beyond, and Distant Hills 1797 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-ruined-chapel-or-barn-with-a-town-near-the-sea-beyond-and-r1150084, accessed 27 May 2024.