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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner St Peter's Chapel, Tabley, and the Moat 1808

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 17 Recto:
St Peter’s Chapel, Tabley, and the Moat 1808
Turner Bequest CV 84
Pencil on white wove paper, 108 x 185 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘84’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CV 84’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
For Turner’s visit to Tabley in 1808, see Introduction to the sketchbook, and for St Peter’s Chapel, folios 2 and 3 (D06985, D06986). This drawing is more careful and detailed than the two preceding thumbnail sketches and provides additional information about its setting on an island in the Moat, including the stone pillar or water pump on a strip of land in the foreground. There are various figures, perhaps a party of visitors from the main house. The Chapel is now rebuilt on a different site near the Georgian Tabley House but its chancel window and Dutch gables are clearly recognisable in Turner’s drawing. Its original island setting is overgrown and inaccessible, however.

David Blayney Brown
June 2010

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘St Peter’s Chapel, Tabley, and the Moat 1808 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2010, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-st-peters-chapel-tabley-and-the-moat-r1134520, accessed 17 October 2021.