Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Brocklesby Mausoleum

c.1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 430 x 636 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08277
Turner Bequest CXXI U

Catalogue entry

The subject is apparently derived from the sketch on Tate D05160 (Turner Bequest LXXXIII 2), but it is not drawn on a leaf from the Brocklesby Mausoleum book, being of a considerably larger format. It is perhaps preparatory for a finished watercolour, which may have been intended as one of a group for Lord Yarborough; see under D05159 (Turner Bequest LXXXIII 1) and the Introduction to this subsection, though it is uncertain whether one or more works were involved in his commission. Whatever the commission, its results were destroyed by fire at Brocklesby Hall in the nineteenth century.1 A large undated aquatint by F.C. Lewis after Turner (impressions: British Museum, London) records a near view of the mausoleum with distant glimpse of the Humber; it does not correspond to any of the surviving studies. Turner made a coloured view of the interior of the Mausoleum as an illustration to one of his Perspective Lectures (Tate D17101; Turner Bequest CXCV 130).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.337 no.330.
Technical notes:
The sheet is faded from exposure. It was originally pinned to a drawing board, with a border of approximately 15 mm round the lower three sides.
Verso:
Slight pencil studies of details of the Mausoleum. Inscribed by A.J. Finberg in pencil ‘Brocklesby Mausoleum’; not stamped.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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