Joseph Mallord William Turner

Wilton House: Studies of Sculpture and Architectural Details

c.1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 285 x 220 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01890
Turner Bequest XLIV N

Catalogue entry

The identification of these studies is due to the late architectural historian Sir Howard Colvin.1 One of the watercolour subjects that Turner executed for Sir Richard Colt Hoare’s History of Wiltshire was of Wilton House (private collection).2 Home of the Earls of Pembroke, the house, close to Salisbury, was built in the sixteenth century and added to in the seventeenth century under the supervision of Inigo Jones. As at Salisbury Cathedral, so at Wilton too James Wyatt (1747–1813) was employed from 1801 to make improvements. Turner’s watercolour shows the east front of the house before Wyatt’s alterations. The arms of Henry VIII to which Turner’s note refers are now incorporated into the north front.
1
Personal communication.
2
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.323 no.214.
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Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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