Joseph Mallord William Turner

Coniston: The Old Hall from the Lake

1797

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 274 x 370 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01060
Turner Bequest XXXV 58

Catalogue entry

As Finberg suggested,1 the house in this view, drawn with the page turned horizontally, is Coniston Old Hall, the fifteenth-century seat of the Fleming family, by Turner’s time a ruin. Turner scholar David Hill notes that the mountain in the centre distance is Wetherlam; see the preceding leaf, folio 72 recto (D01059; Turner Bequest XXXV 57); Coniston Old Man is at the extreme left.
1
A.J. Finberg, undated MS notes in an interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.I, p.76 and opposite page.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed by John Ruskin in brown ink ‘93’ and ‘94’ (both circled); ?in a later hand in blue crayon ‘12’; and by A.J. Finberg in pencil ‘141.58’.

Andrew Wilton
August 2010

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