Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hindhead Hill

1807

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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
D06539
Turner Bequest C 20

Catalogue entry

This is one of a group of sketches of Hindhead or Gibbet Hill in this sketchbook, all very slight outlines which must have been made from Turner’s coach on his way to or from Portsmouth; see Introduction to the sketchbook for further comment, and Turner’s verses on ‘Hindhead. Tho[u] cloud-capt winded hill’ inside the back cover (D40615). Before being rerouted, for safety reasons, in 1826, the turnpike road to Portsmouth clung to the steep sides of the Devil’s Punch Bowl near Hindhead. Turner showed the scene in all its bleak splendour in his Liber Studiorum plate, Hind Head Hill, 1811, which was worked up from the sketches in this book; see especially folio 54 verso (D06576; Turner Bequest C 49a). For the gibbet, see folio 22 (D06540; Turner Bequest C 21).
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
May 2006

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