Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Sketch Map with Roads and a Building

c.1808–18

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 89 x 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D12193
Turner Bequest CLIV a 51 a

Catalogue entry

The significance of this simple map, probably showing a small building beside a fork in a road, is unclear. The sketch appears tentative, as if perhaps drawn from memory, with the road descending towards the bottom centre seemingly indicated twice. It does not correlate with the various maps and plans of Sandycombe Lodge, Turner’s self-designed home, built at Twickenham around 1812 on land acquired in 1807 – compare the separate Sandycombe related sheets (Tate D08232, D08235; Turner Bequest CXX R, U), and pages in the Derbyshire sketchbook (Tate D07188; Turner Bequest CVI 48a) and the Sandycombe and Yorkshire sketchbook (Tate D08994; Turner Bequest CXXVII 21a).

Matthew Imms
September 2013

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