J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Vase and Panelling, at ?Abbotsford 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 63 Recto:
A Vase and Panelling, at ?Abbotsford 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXV 63
Pencil on white wove paper, 96 x 59 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ?‘Study’ left
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘63’ top right running vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXV 63’ top right running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The main sketch on this page depicts a panelled interior with a vase with the letter ‘R’ painted or engraved on it placed above a niche in front of a mirror. Beneath this is a separate sketch of a chandelier. The most likely location of this interior is at Sir Walter Scott’s home of Abbotsford, which Turner visited and sketched in the Abbotsford sketchbook (see Tate D26037; Turner Bequest CCLXVII 64a), although these sketches have not been linked to any particular room. The inscription at the left of the page, however, may read ‘Study’, which may indicate the door to Scott’s study from the Library or hallway (see Tate D26041; Turner Bequest CCLXVII 66a).

Thomas Ardill
May 2010

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘A Vase and Panelling, at ?Abbotsford 1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2010, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-vase-and-panelling-at-abbotsford-r1134120, accessed 18 November 2017.