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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Gothic Church with a Rose Window beyond Trees c.1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Gothic Church with a Rose Window beyond Trees c.1824
Turner Bequest CCXXIV 199
Chalk and pencil on blue wove paper, 280 x 193 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCXXIV 199’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch appears to show a closer view of the church depicted in D20508 (CCXXIV 198), the other half of this folded sheet, while an even closer view of the same church is shown on the verso of this sketch (D20510; CCXXIV 199v). The manner in which the angle of the wall appears to shift after the first bay suggests this view of the church may show an end of a transept wall rather than the main façade of the building. The full details of this wall are slightly obscured by the foliage of some trees positioned towards the foreground.
For the grouping and dating of these works, see the section Introduction.
Technical notes:
This sketch is on the same sheet as D20508 (CCXXIV 198). The two halves are separated by a faint line of a fold that runs down the centre of the sheet; the half with this sketch on it measures 140 x 193mm.

Ben Pollitt
August 2019

How to cite

Ben Pollitt, ‘Gothic Church with a Rose Window beyond Trees 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-gothic-church-with-a-rose-window-beyond-trees-r1202147, accessed 23 April 2024.