After Joseph Mallord William Turner
Brightling Observatory Seen from Rose-Hill Park 1819

Artwork details

Brightling Observatory Seen from Rose-Hill Park
Date 1819
Medium Line engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 191 x 281 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1986
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The Views in Sussex series was engraved and published by the Cooke brothers, William and George, with whom Turner
also collaborated on the famous Southern Coast series. However, the publication
had actually been commissioned and underwritten by John Fuller, an eccentric landowner and MP for the area. This plate shows Fuller's family seat at Rosehill Park complete with a domed observatory, the personal addition of 'Mad Jack' as Fuller was affectionately known. The plate juxtaposes
a gentle rolling pastoral landscape with
a blustery, dramatic sweeping sky, typical
of an English summer.

September 2004

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