Joseph Mallord William TurnerStonehenge: The Inner Sarsen 'Horseshoe' from the West 1811

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Title
Stonehenge: The Inner Sarsen 'Horseshoe' from the West
From Devonshire Coast, No.1 Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXXIII
Date 1811
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 75 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08751
Turner Bequest CXXIII 212 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 215 Verso:
Stonehenge: The Inner Sarsen ‘Horseshoe’ from the West 1811
D08751
Turner Bequest CXXIII 212a
Pencil on white wove writing paper, 75 x 117 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The central stone, once one upright of a trilithon in the inner ‘horseshoe’, has since been set upright and one of the inner trilithons has been reconstructed to its left, as the counterpart to the one shown here on the far right. There is a drawing from further out at a similar angle in the Stonehenge sketchbook used on the same visit, extending the view north-westward to the left (Tate D41386; Turner Bequest CXXV b 13).
There are three further sketches of the site in the current book, on folios 214 verso, 215 recto and 216 recto (D08749, D08750, D08752; CXXIII 211a, 212, 213); for further drawings and related works see the introduction to the Stonehenge sketchbook.

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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