Joseph Mallord William TurnerA House in a Wooded Valley, Perhaps in Sussex c.1810

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Title
A House in a Wooded Valley, Perhaps in Sussex
From Sandycombe and Yorkshire Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXXVII
Date c.1810
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 126 x 202 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08968
Turner Bequest CXXVII 4
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A House in a Wooded Valley, Perhaps in Sussex circa 1810
D08968
Turner Bequest CXXVII 4
Pencil on white wove paper, 126 x 202 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘4’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXVII 4’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
There is little to suggest the specific location of this small house or cottage, which Finberg reasonably suggested as being beside a river (there is a small upright feature towards the bottom centre with perhaps the slight indication of a reflection). In the proposed original sequence set out in the Introduction to the sketchbook, this leaf falls adjacent to a view of Eridge Castle in East Sussex (D08996; CXXVII 22a), so the site depicted may perhaps have been nearby.
Technical notes:
This page is a face of one of the loose bifolio sheets which form the majority of the so-called Sandycombe and Yorkshire sketchbook, along with a few single leaves. The sheets were not bound, but folded inside each other in a sequence which is not entirely recoverable (see the sketchbook’s Introduction for a suggested order). When unfolded, this page is continuous with D08998 (CXXVII 23a); the measurements given above are for the present work alone.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
January 2012

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