Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Landscape with a Distant Windmill and Low Sun

c.1799

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 121 × 150 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02264
Turner Bequest XLIX 21

Catalogue entry

In this slight sketch, the subject may be a view in the neighbourhood of Salisbury. Alternatively, it may have been noted while Turner was working at Fonthill for William Beckford 1799: the general layout of this composition, with an isolated upright feature on a distant ridge, the view flanked by trees grouped at the extreme edges of the sheet, is similar to that of several in the series of finished views of Fonthill that he executed in 1799–1800, for example East View of the Gothic Abbey (Noon) (National Trust for Scotland, Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran)1 and North-East View of the Gothic Abbey (Sunset) (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester).2
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.338 no.338 (sic), reproduced.
2
Ibid., no.339, reproduced.
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Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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