Joseph Mallord William Turner The Brocklesby Mausoleum Seen among Trees 1798

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The Brocklesby Mausoleum Seen among Trees
From Brocklesby Mausoleum Sketchbook
Turner Bequest LXXXIII
Date 1798
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 261 x 371 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXXXIII 1
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Turner's route back to London took him through Lincolnshire, so that he passed the gates of Brocklesby Park, the home of Lord Yarborough. The family mausoleum there, designed by James Wyatt, is the subject of these two pencil views. Both come from a now disbound sketchbook, and are perhaps evidence that Turner stayed at Brocklesby in 1797. Alternatively, he could have made the sketches in the early autumn of 1798, when he is known to have travelled north again in order to make three watercolours for Lord Yarborough. None of that group survive; they were presumably destroyed in a fire at the house in 1898. However, the large colour study possibly records the composition of one of the finished works.

September 2004

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