Great Bookham Church, Surrey

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1793 possibly; 1794

WAG 1165

About this object

Some specialists have questioned whether this work is really by Turner. It is certainly different in style from another work in the collection, 'Lake Nemi and the town of Genzano' (WAG 8142) , from around the same date.

Forgeries of Turner’s work had already begun to appear during the artist’s lifetime. On at least 13 occasions he purchased and destroyed the fakes to protect his future reputation. He would surely have done the same when this one was sold by his early patron Dr Thomas Monro in 1833, suggesting this work could be authentic.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Great Bookham Church
  • Artist(s)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:probably 23 April 1775, died:19 December 1851)
  • Date
    1793 possibly; 1794
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 24.7 cm x 35.2 cm
  • Physical description
    This is a view of Great Bookham Church in Surrey. The church's graveyard is in the foreground with two flat tombstones on the right and and a standing one on the left. The church is visible behind the graveyard to the left. A tree in the distance to the right partially obscures several houses.
  • Related people
    Reverend E C Dewick (Previous owner); Grundy and Smith (Previous owner); William Permain (Previous owner); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1165
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by the Reverand E C Dewick in 1919
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Reverend E C Dewick

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1919
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery
  • Grundy and Smith

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1883-06-26
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on 26 June 1883
  • William Permain

    Owned from: 1883-06-26
    How acquired: Purchased at Christie's on 26 June 1883
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Fine Art
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