Joseph Mallord William Turner The Lake, Petworth, Sunset; Sample Study c.1827–8

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Title
The Lake, Petworth, Sunset; Sample Study
Date c.1827–8
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 635 x 1397 mm
frame: 948 x 1702 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N02701
Not on display

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Turner’s first painting of Petworth, a palatial country house and estate inland from Chichester in West Sussex, was made following a visit in 1809. Its owner, the Earl of Egremont, supported contemporary artists and had already begun a major collection of Turner’s paintings. He stayed at Petworth again in 1827 and often until the Earl’s death in 1837, even being allocated a room for his studio. He began work on four paintings on a double-square format for specific positions in Petworth’s Carved Room, looking out towards the lake. These are three of the studies he made for the series.

February 2010

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