Joseph Mallord William Turner

Petworth Park from the Upperton Monument

1825

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18742
Turner Bequest CCXIII 20 a

Catalogue entry

The view is to the south-east from the vicinity of the Upperton Monument folly in Petworth Park,1 with Petworth House indicated as a shallow rectangle about a mile and a half away in the centre. Turner makes a written note of ‘Deer’ at the bottom right, having already drawn them on the recto (D18741).2 The view continues a quarter of the way across folio 21 recto opposite (D18743).
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, those as far as folio 22 verso (D18746) showing the park west of the house. For a note on Lord Egremont, Petworth, and Turner’s work there, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

1
The subject was identified by Ian Warrell in Butlin, Luther and Warrell 1989, p.131.
2
See Warrell 1989, p.122 note 44 for deer in other Petworth views.

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