Joseph Mallord William Turner

Stonehenge, Looking South-West from the Centre

1811

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 75 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08749
Turner Bequest CXXIII 211 a

Catalogue entry

The viewpoint of this rather slight and faint sketch appears to be the centre of Stonehenge’s inner sarsen ‘horseshoe’, with the single surviving stone of the south-western trilithon at the centre. The rough disk above it to the right may be the sun, descending towards the right over Salisbury Plain; it appears to be indicated towards sunset in two more detailed drawings made on the same occasion in the Stonehenge sketchbook (Tate D41383, D41385; Turner Bequest CXXV b 10, 12).
There are three further sketches of the site in the current book, on folios 215 recto and verso and 216 recto (D08750–D08752; CXXIII 212, 212a, 213); for further drawings and related works see the introduction to the Stonehenge sketchbook.

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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