Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Lake and Temples at Stourhead

c.1808

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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
D06112
Turner Bequest XCVII 40

Catalogue entry

See note to folio 39 verso (D06111), a variant of the same composition, for Ian Warrell’s identification of the subject as Stourhead and the probability that Turner was in contact with the owner of the estate, Sir Richard Colt Hoare, in North Wales and Tabley, Cheshire, in summer 1808. The present sketch seems to be an early idea for the watercolour Rise of the River Stour at Stourhead perhaps made about 1817 and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1825 (Sudeley Castle Trustees).1 Conceivably the watercolour was suggested in 1808 and rough ideas sketched from memory.
1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.356 no.496 reproduced.
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
September 2008

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