Turner Bequest CXX D
Watermark: bottom part of an ornamented post horn | ‘1803’
Stamped in black ‘CXX D’ bottom right
composition study for Cassiobury Park; Reaping (Tate N04663),1 an unfinished oil now usually dated circa 1809 but possibly begun as early as 1807 and still in progress later. The subject is the companion to Harvest Home (Tate N00562),2 also unfinished, for which a similar composition study exists, originally drawn on part of the same sheet of paper and annotated by Turner ‘Ld Essex’s Harvest Home’ (Tate D08216; Turner Bequest CXX C). David Hill was the first to recognise that the setting in the painting of the present subject is Lord Essex’s Hertfordshire estate of Cassiobury, and to propose a commission from him for both pictures. His suggestion was first made in a letter to Martin Butlin of 18 March 1984, and was endorsed by Butlin and Joll. See catalogue entry for D08216 for background, and the possible reasons for Turner having abandoned the project.
A further harvest scene (Tate D08220; Turner Bequest CXX G), identical in technique with freely brushed wash, was originally drawn on the same sheet and also formed the basis of an oil (Tate N03048).
Stamped in black ‘CXX D’
How to cite
David Blayney Brown, ‘Study for ‘Cassiobury Park; Reaping’ 1807 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www