Joseph Mallord William Turner

Gibbet Hill, Hindhead

1807

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06540
Turner Bequest C 21

Catalogue entry

For Hindhead see comments to folio 21 of this sketchbook (D06539; Turner Bequest C 20). Here the turnpike road is indicated by a sweep of the pencil while vertical marks on the summit of the hill on the right depict a famous gibbet, erected in 1787 for the execution of three men who had murdered a sailor. Turner’s verses on Hindhead inside the back cover (D40615) refer to this in their exhortation to ‘Hark the kreaking Irons’.
Verso:
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David Blayney Brown
May 2006

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