Joseph Mallord William Turner

Blenheim Park, with the Grand Bridge and the Palace across the Lake

1830

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 120 x 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D21983
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 5 a

Catalogue entry

To the south-east the entrance front of Blenheim Palace is seen, above its lake in the foreground with the Grand Bridge on the left. The house is continued on folio 6 recto opposite (D21984), with the lake curving away to the south among trees. A similar view, from nearer the bridge, is on folios 4 verso–5 recto (D21981, D21982); others are discussed under D21981.
Eric Shanes has related the present sketch to a ‘colour beginning’ (Tate D25489; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 366) for Turner’s watercolour of Blenheim,1 discussed under folio 12 verso (D21995). For other views of Blenheim, see under folio 2 verso (D21978).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

1
Shanes 1997, p.53.

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