Joseph Mallord William Turner

Windmill, with Abbeville in the Distance

1824

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 99 x 162 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20117
Turner Bequest CCXVII 23

Catalogue entry

Taken with the sketchbook turned upside down, this finely rendered study of a windmill with the Picardie town of Abbeville in the distance is one of two views produced by Turner during the last phase of his 1824 tour (see Tate D20116; Turner Bequest CCXVII 22). The artist has inscribed the word ‘Corn’ to the right of the windmill, perhaps a reminder of the grain being milled there or the crops which grew in the fields nearby.
Technical notes:
There are some small incidental smudges of black pigment at right. The paper has mottled and browned significantly, a result of the drawing’s prolonged exhibition and exposure to sunlight during the nineteenth century.
Verso:
Blank

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2014

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