Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cottage Interior by Firelight

c.1790–1

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 254 x 331 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00187
Turner Bequest XVII L

Catalogue entry

A finished work, probably intended as an imitation of contemporary rustic subjects by, e.g., Francis Wheatley (1747–1801) and Richard Westall (1765–1836). In choosing a firelit interior with large-scale figures Turner consciously set out to extend his technical range. The treatment of the flame-lit chimney bricks anticipates his studies of sunlit masonry in the ruins of the Oxford Street Pantheon of early 1792; see Tate D00122 (Turner Bequest IX B).
Verso:
Blank; some paint blots; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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