Joseph Mallord William Turner

The West Lodge Gates, Farnley Hall with Otley Bridge Beyond; Details of Cornices, Etc., of Gate Posts

1818

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 111 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D12019
Turner Bequest CLIII 14 a

Catalogue entry

This is the left half of a double-page spread continued to the right on D12020; Turner Bequest CLIII 15, opposite, recording the West Lodges at Farnley Hall, with Otley Bridge seen through the gates in the distance. This page also has several architectural details of the doorway, gate pier, pinnacle and cornice of a lodge, the end of a balustrade and various counts and measurements. The West Chevin road can be seen in the distance just to the right of the left-hand lodge. The main sketch on the present page served as the basis of a watercolour, West Lodges, Farnley Hall (private collection),1 painted for Walter Fawkes about 1818 and numbered and named as ‘19 Old Lodge’ in the list of Farnley and related subjects compiled by Turner in the present sketchbook (Tate D12013; Turner Bequest CLIII 11a).
A sketch in the Yorkshire 2 sketchbook of 1816 (Tate D11042; Turner Bequest CXLV 1) perhaps shows a study of (or for) a detail of one of the gate piers. Turner sketched some preliminary designs for lodge gates at Farnley, relating to both to the West and East Lodges (Tate D34796; Turner Bequest CCCXLIV d 329).
For the date of the lodges and the possibility that they were designed by Turner, see notes to D12020.

David Hill
June 2009

1
Wilton 1979, no.588

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