Joseph Mallord William Turner

A House beside an Estuary

1798

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 174 × 125 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01810
Turner Bequest XLII 134

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the drawing is continued on folio 68 recto opposite (D01811; Turner Bequest XLII 135). The single building beside a wide inlet is somewhat reminiscent of Tygwyn Ferry opposite Harlech, which Turner drew in the 1798 North Wales sketchbook (Tate D01459; Turner Bequest XXXIX 95), and in his painting of Harlech Castle, from Twgwyn Ferry, Summer’s Evening Twilight, shown at the Royal Academy in 1799 (Yale Center for British Art, New Haven);1 however, the similarities are superficial and it seems clear that this is a spot in southern Wales.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.6–7 no.9, pl.8 (colour).

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