Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Lake and Temples at Stourhead

c.1808

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 107 x 182 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06111
Turner Bequest XCVII 39 a

Catalogue entry

With another facing it on folio 40 (D06112) this is one of two variants of a classicising landscape composition with a stretch of water, temple and hilly background. It is not based on Thames scenery but, as recognised by Ian Warrell, on the lake and temples at Stourhead, Wiltshire. Folio 40 gives the present composition as if in reverse. The sketches look more like recollections of Stourhead, which Turner first visited in 1795, than views made on the spot and may date from summer 1808 when Turner is likely to have renewed contact with Hoare during visits to North Wales and Tabley in Cheshire.1

David Blayney Brown
September 2008

1
See Tabley Sketchbooks and Tour to Cheshire, North Wales, Lancashire and Yorkshire 1808.

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