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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Church with a Steeple c.1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Church with a Steeple c.1824
Turner Bequest CCXXIV 55
Pencil on blue wove paper, 135 x 194 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCXXIV 55’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A number of diagonal lines in the foreground indicate rooftops leading to a church with a tall steeple. Under the steeple to the right a series of lines and curves describe the church’s architectural features, including buttresses, arched windows and a doorway.
For the grouping and dating of these works, see the section Introduction.
Technical notes:
There is a smudge towards the left of the sheet and brown discolouration runs down the right edge.
Blank except for inscriptions. Inscribed in pencil ‘55’ top left. Inscribed in red pen ‘91’ bottom right, upside down and in pencil ‘53 | O’ bottom right.

Ben Pollitt
August 2019

How to cite

Ben Pollitt, ‘Church with a Steeple c.1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2019, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2023, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-church-with-a-steeple-r1202103, accessed 18 May 2024.