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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Winchelsea; the Workhouse and Strand Gate c.1816-19

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 63 Verso:
Winchelsea; the Workhouse and Strand Gate circa 1816–19
Turner Bequest CXL 56a
Pencil on white wove paper, 155 x 95 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The building on the left is Winchelsea’s former workhouse, now Strand House. To its right, faintly outlined, is the Bridge Inn. Beyond is Strand Hill leading into Winchelsea through the Strand Gate. These appear in the distance in Turner’s watercolour Winchelsea, Sussex, and the Military Canal (private collection)1 based mainly on the sketch taken from the Royal Military Road from Rye on folio 62 verso of this sketchbook (D10517; Turner Bequest CXL 55a; see catalogue notes for further comment). Turner must have referred to both sketches for the watercolour, to which he added a coach and soldiers which partly obscure the buildings shown here.

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.348 no.430.

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Winchelsea; the Workhouse and Strand Gate c.1816–19 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2011, 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-winchelsea-the-workhouse-and-strand-gate-r1131513, accessed 29 February 2020.