Joseph Mallord William Turner

Elevation of a House, Possibly a Design for Sandycombe Lodge


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 223 x 279 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Catalogue entry

Henry Vaughan by 1878, and possibly by 1862
This previously unrecorded, very slight drawing occupies the centre of the sheet, and is inverted in relation to the drawing on the recto, and to the inscriptions on this side. It appears to represent a small two-storied building of two bays, with short single-story wings and a central vertical feature, probably a chimney. It is possibly a loose variation on the design of Turner’s Twickenham house, Sandycombe Lodge, which was under construction around 1812; see the Sandycombe and Yorkshire sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest CXXVII) and related drawings.1
Assuming this to be the case, a date of about 1810–12 is suggested, as the Liber Studiorum design, Glaucus and Scylla appearing on the recto (Tate D08170; Vaughan Bequest CXVIII P) – hence the inscription on this side – has been dated to the first half of the 1810s. The provenance is discussed in the entry for the recto.

Matthew Imms
August 2009

See also Patrick Youngblood, ‘The Painter as Architect: Turner and Sandycombe Lodge’, Turner Studies, vol.2, no.1, Summer 1982, pp.20–35.

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