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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner ?St Peter and St Paul's Church, Aldeburgh; ?Distant View of Orford c.1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 82 Recto:
?St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Aldeburgh; ?Distant View of Orford c.1824
Turner Bequest CCIX 82
Pencil on white wove paper, 118 x 115 mm
Watermarked ‘al[lee] | 18[19]’
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘S[...]’ | ‘[...] [?Hall]’ centre left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
In these cursory sketches Turner records a church at the uppermost register and below, a distant view of a town taken from the surrounding countryside. Whilst Finberg suggests that these sketches may have been taken at Orford, this cataloguer proposes that the church bears more resemblance to St Peter and St Paul’s at Aldeburgh, a town a few kilometres north of Orford on the Suffolk North Sea coast (see Tate D18267; Turner Bequest CCIX 56a).1 The landscape sketch below the jotting of the church may indeed depict Orford from a distance: the squat tower rendered in profile at the far right could be Orford Castle (see Tate D18305; Turner Bequest CCIX 87).
The artist has annotated the landscape sketch with inscriptions. Though these notes are almost entirely illegible, ‘Sud[...]’ | [...] [?Hall]’ may have been inscribed. Turner could be referring to Sudbourne here, a village which lies just to the north west of Orford. This was location of Sudbourne Hall, a country house designed by James Wyatt in 1784 for the first Marquis of Hertford.2 Though demolished in the twentieth century, Turner, in these rather scrawled annotations, could be referring to this historic property in short-hand.
Finberg 1909, vol.II, p.634.
‘History’, Sudbourne, accessed 29 January 2015, http://sudbourne.onesuffolk.net/our-village/history

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2015

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘?St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Aldeburgh; ?Distant View of Orford 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-st-peter-and-st-pauls-church-aldeburgh-distant-view-of-r1181181, accessed 25 June 2022.