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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Small Church with a Wooden Tower, from the South-East 1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Small Church with a Wooden Tower, from the South-East 1798
D01888
Turner Bequest XLIV L
Pencil on white card, 152 x 181 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘W’ left of centre, on wall of tower
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram below right of centre
Inscribed in pencil ‘xliv L’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XLIV – L’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
To judge by the design of its tower this church is probably in the London area or Kent. The building studied on the verso (D40257) is presumably the same church, but it has a row of striking gabled windows on its north side which seem to have little connection with the very plain south side. A study of a wall monument (Tate D01889; Turner Bequest XLIV M), may have been made in this church.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Small Church with a Wooden Tower, from the South-East 1798 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-small-church-with-a-wooden-tower-from-the-south-east-r1174980, accessed 20 October 2021.