Joseph Mallord William TurnerPetworth House:Figures in the White Library, possibly Lord Egremont 1827

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Artist
Title
Petworth House:Figures in the White Library, possibly Lord Egremont
Date 1827
MediumGouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 142 x 188 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22749
Turner Bequest CCXLIV 87
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These works are part of a large group
of studies produced during Turner's visit
to Petworth in 1827. This grand country house, to the south-west of London,
was the principal home of Lord Egremont. He was a wealthy patron of contemporary art, who allowed artists to use Petworth
as an open studio.

 

The vivid impressions preserved in Turner's drawings show the relaxed nature of social gatherings at the house. Some focus on the intimacies of the bedrooms. These suggest either that Turner overstepped the bounds of decency, or that he delighted in creating fantasies about his fellow guests.

 

September 2004

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