Joseph Mallord William Turner

Gledhow Hall, Leeds

1816

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 179 x 254 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09857
Turner Bequest CXXXIV 58

Catalogue entry

For this view of Gledhow Hall, Turner moved south-east from the viewpoint of his first drawing of the building on folios 2 verso–3 recto (D40881, D09805; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 13 verso–15), and looked north. There is a continuation on folio 3 verso opposite (D09806; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 15v), where he records a further tree. For the subject in general, see under D09805.
David Hill considers this the third sketch1 in a sequence after D09805 and another on folio 5 recto (D09801; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 12); as compared with the latter ‘he manages to shift far enough right to bring out the house in an uninterrupted view’. The Gledhow sketches have been brought together in their current sequence when the sketchbook was rebound, despite their widely varying numbering (see the sketchbook’s Introduction).
Eric Shanes has noted this sketch and its continuation opposite as the basis for the watercolour Gledhow of 1816 (private collection),2 engraved for Dr Whitaker’s Loidis and Elmete of 1816,3 but not issued until 1820. The subject and other views are discussed in the entry for D09805.

Matthew Imms
July 2014

1
Hill 2008, p.99.
2
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.362 no.543, reproduced.
3
See Shanes 1990, pp.77 under no.53, 283 note 44; see also Hill 2008, pp.99, 101.

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