Joseph Mallord William Turner

The House and Garden at ‘The Limes’, Mortlake, with Architectural Details


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Watercolour on paper
Support: 113 x 187 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXIII 45

Catalogue entry

This drawing relates to the painting The Seat of William Moffatt Esq., at Mortlake. Early (Summer’s) Morning, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1826 (Frick Collection, New York).1 The most direct source is the sketch on folio 11 recto (D18725). Although the core of the house survives, the west front shown here was later extended outwards, and the garden built over. An overall elevation of the house is surrounded by various annotated details. Like the more conventional study on folio 44 recto (D18773), it perhaps suggests a return visit to the garden of ‘The Limes’ in the autumn or winter of 1825–6, when the house was less obscured by the foliage of neighbouring trees.
For more on the house, the paintings and related studies, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.144–5 no.235, pl.236 (colour).

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