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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Town with a Church and Spire c.1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Town with a Church and Spire c.1824
Turner Bequest CCXXIV 140
Pencil on blue wove paper, 131 x 188 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCXXIV 140’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch of a town or village features a row of trees and buildings. To the right is a church whose spire is rendered with some detail, particularly as compared to the rest of the sketch. In the foreground a road is suggested.
For the grouping and dating of these works, see the section Introduction.
Technical notes:
The edges of the sheet on the bottom and right are particularly uneven, being the untrimmed edge of the large original sheet from which this portion was neatly torn in Turner’s customary fashion.
Blank except for inscriptions. Inscribed in ink ‘140’ bottom right. Inscribed in pencil ‘53 | O’ bottom right.

Ben Pollitt
August 2019

How to cite

Ben Pollitt, ‘Town with a Church and Spire 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-town-with-a-church-and-spire-r1202135, accessed 23 April 2024.