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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Two Sketches: The Tomb of Thomas Balsall in the Sanctuary of Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-Upon-Avon; A Town in an Alpine Valley 1833 and 1836

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 81 Recto:
Two Sketches: The Tomb of Thomas Balsall in the Sanctuary of Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-Upon-Avon; A Town in an Alpine Valley 1833 and 1836
D29190
Turner Bequest CCXCIII 81
Pencil on white wove paper, 190 x 113 mm
Inscribed, possibly by John Ruskin, in blue ink ‘81’ top right and ‘320’ bottom right
Stamped in brown ‘CCXCIII 81’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains two sketches:
i. (main sketch) Details of the carved tomb of Thomas Balsall below Shakespeare’s Monument in the sanctuary of Holy Trinity Church at Stratford-upon-Avon.1 The relationship of Balsall’s floor-tomb to Shakespeare’s Monument is recorded on the facing page (29189; Turner Bequest CCXCIII 80a). See Introduction to the sketchbook for the presence of a small run of sketches at Stratford dating from 1833, as well as the majority of subjects from 1836 including the following.
ii. (left, drawn with the page upright) A town in an Alpine Valley, possibly from above Sallanches in the Arve Valley.

David Hill
June 2010

1
The present writer is grateful to Jon Ormrod, Head Verger at Holy Trinity, for providing the dedication of this tomb.

How to cite

David Hill, ‘Two Sketches: The Tomb of Thomas Balsall in the Sanctuary of Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-Upon-Avon; A Town in an Alpine Valley 1833 and 1836 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, February 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-two-sketches-the-tomb-of-thomas-balsall-in-the-sanctuary-of-r1144738, accessed 24 September 2021.