Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Fireplace in the Oak Room, Farnley Hall


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 178 x 110 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXXIII 79

Catalogue entry

The sketch shows part of the wooden panelling around the fireplace in the Oak Room at Farnley Hall. Two heraldic shields are indicated in the arched bays, with a further two above. Turner also made a rough sketch of the whole room, with the fireplace on the right on folios 74 verso–75 recto (D09770–D09771) and a variant study of the fireplace on folio 76 verso (D09774).
There are discrepancies between the two drawings of the fireplace, and further inconsistencies compared with Turner’s finished gouache view of the room (private collection),1 where an additional band of panelling appears immediately above the fireplace opening. In the present drawing Turner shows three arched panels above his main drawing, but only two are shown in the finished view. The diagrammatic elements above appear to relate to the floor plan of the fireplace wall and perhaps also indicate sections of moulding; see under D09770 for further discussion on this issue.

Matthew Imms
July 2014

Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.369 no.593, reproduced.

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