Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rosehill Park

1810

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 203 x 328 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10342
Turner Bequest CXXXVIII 19

Catalogue entry

Probably a left-hand page of the sketchbook, with stitch holes on the right.
For Rosehill Park in this sketchbook see D10329; Turner Bequest CXXXVIII 10, the drawing for the painting made for John Fuller circa 1810 (private collection)1 which includes the house itself. The present drawing, looking from the back of the house towards the coast, stretching from Pevensey Bay on the left to Beachy Head, served for the watercolour The Vale of Pevensey, from Rosehill Park (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)2 which Turner made for Fuller at the same time and was aquatinted by Joseph Stadler for Four Large Coloured Views in Sussex published circa 1818. As Eric Shanes observes, the two views were clearly intended to be complementary.3 This one includes, in the right distance, the Rotunda designed for Fuller by Robert Smirke.
The leaf is discoloured from exposure.
Verso: detail of trees and weald or downs.

David Blayney Brown
April 2011

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.130 no.211 (pl.212).
2
Wilton 1979, p.349 no.432.
3
Shanes 1981, p.18.

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