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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Cote House Seen through Trees 1791

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 17 Verso:
Cote House Seen through Trees 1791
Turner Bequest VI 17a
Pencil, watercolour and pen and brown ink on white wove paper, 185 x 263 mm
Inscribed by Turner in watercolour ‘27’ on lowest bar of gate
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The study on which a finished watercolour (Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford)1 was based. It is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation. The trimming of the page at the right of the design was presumably to indicate the edge of the composition, though Turner has added a further group of trees at the left which he did not include in the final watercolour. The composition continues on folio 18 recto (D00097).
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.302 no.21, reproduced.
Technical notes:
A 45 mm strip missing from the outer edge of the leaf has been made up in rebinding.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Cote House Seen through Trees 1791 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2012, 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-cote-house-seen-through-trees-r1140147, accessed 23 June 2018.