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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Dudley: St Thomas's Church ?from the South-West 1830

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 45 Verso:
Dudley: St Thomas’s Church ?from the South-West 1830
Turner Bequest CCXL 45a
Pencil on white wove paper, 68 x 110 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As part of unpublished Turner research informed by local knowledge, Dr Bernard Richards has confirmed this subject as the spire of St Thomas’s Church, Dudley,1 in both the skyline view above and the isolated study below. As with the related view on folio 44 verso (D22406), the viewpoint may be in the vicinity of the road towards Brierley Hill, looking north-east along the High Street up the hill from Queen’s Cross, although there is little in the foreground of the upper sketch to assist in orientation, and the area has seen much subsequent development.
For other views of Dudley, see under folio 39 recto (D22395).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

Conversation with the author, 14 May 2013.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Dudley: St Thomas’s Church ?from the South-West 1830 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-dudley-st-thomass-church-from-the-south-west-r1148558, accessed 21 April 2019.