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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Distant View of Colchester c.1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 4 Recto:
Distant View of Colchester c.1824
Turner Bequest CCIX 4
Pencil on white wove paper, 115 x 118 mm
Watermarked ‘al[lee] | 18[19]’
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘R[...]’ centre right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This swiftly executed sketch is most likely a distant view of Colchester in the county of Essex (see Tate D18166; Turner Bequest CCIX 4a). The form rendered in profile at centre is probably Colchester Castle. On a tree-topped mound at right Turner has inscribed the letters ‘Rw H’ or ‘Road’. The composition is similar to the sketch on Tate D18163; Turner Bequest CCIX 3.
The view extends onto the folio opposite (Tate D18164; Turner Bequest CCIX 3a).

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2015

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Distant View of Colchester c.1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-distant-view-of-colchester-r1181047, accessed 21 October 2021.