Joseph Mallord William TurnerA Weatherboarded Watermill 1798

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A Weatherboarded Watermill
From South Wales Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XXVI
Date 1798
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 180 x 264 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXVI 74
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 71 Recto:
A Weatherboarded Watermill 1798
Turner Bequest XXVI 74
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 180 x 264 mm
Watermark ‘J WHATMAN’
Stamped in black ‘XXVI 74’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XXVI 74’ bottom left, descending vertically
The scene is perhaps on the River Medway near Aylesford; see folios 73 recto, 74 recto, 75 verso (D00634, D00635, D00637; Turner Bequest XXVI 76, 77, 78v). Another view of this mill is on folio 72 recto (D00633; Turner Bequest XXVI 75), and the drawing on folio 70 verso opposite (D00631; Turner Bequest XXVI 73v) may show the same group of buildings.
The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally.
Technical notes:
Approximately 25 mm has been trimmed off the inside edge of this leaf towards the gutter (above the subject), reducing it from the usual dimensions of 203 x 264 mm for the other leaves in this sketchbook. It has been tipped onto a broad stub to bring its outer edge in line with the others. Some tears have been repaired.
Blank; inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘728’.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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