Joseph Mallord William Turner

Plan of the Grounds of Sandycombe Lodge

c.1808–9

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 108 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07188
Turner Bequest CVI 48 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. Patrick Youngblood was the first to identify this rough outline as a likely ‘early plan of [the] Sandycombe site’, noting that the plot strongly resembles it in its ‘triangular outline .... rectilinear “house” form at the bottom... and a kidney-shaped pond in the middle’. It would be the earliest of several plans of the site at Twickenham that Turner bought in 1807 and where he began building a small house in about 1812. Ideas and designs for the house and garden, which contained a fish pond, abound in his sketchbooks.

David Blayney Brown
July 2010

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