Joseph Mallord William Turner

Petworth Park from the Upperton Monument


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Watercolour on paper
Support: 113 x 187 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXIII 22

Catalogue entry

This lightly worked view is to the south-east from the vicinity of the Upperton Monument folly in Petworth Park, with Petworth House indicated in the distance, about a mile and a half away;1 the vista continues across folio 21 verso opposite (D18744).
The sequence of sketches between here 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.
The general subject was identified in undated MS notes by A.J. Finberg (died 1939) and C.F. Bell (died 1966) in their respective copies of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.II, p.649; for the viewpoint see Ian Warrell in Butlin, Luther and Warrell 1989, p.131.
Technical notes:
A long tear halfway down the outer edge has been repaired. The leaf has been removed from the book at some stage and laid onto a shallow modern stub.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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