Joseph Mallord William Turner

Fittleworth Mill on the River Rother


View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Watercolour on paper
Support: 113 x 187 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXIII 23

Catalogue entry

The subject was identified by Ian Warrell; the watermill stands on the north bank of the River Rother south of the village of Fittleworth, about three miles south-east of Petworth, but is much altered. It is also seen in a gouache and pen and ink drawing of the type usually associated with Turner’s 1827 visit to Petworth but perhaps a little earlier (Tate D24606; Turner Bequest CCLIX 41).1 In the present sketch there are barges on the river and an annotated detail of one at the lower right. The mill appears again on the verso and on folio 24 recto (D18748, D18749).
The sequence of sketches between folio 17 verso (D18736) and (apparently) folio 26 recto (D18753), and possibly 26 verso (D18754), comprises Sussex subjects in the vicinity of Petworth. For a note on Lord Egremont, Petworth, and Turner’s work there, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

See Ian Warrell in Butlin, Luther and Warrell 1989, pp.118, 123 note 101.

Read full Catalogue entry