Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Water Mill

1807

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06582
Turner Bequest C 52 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. This unidentified watermill, probably on the River Wey, served as the basis of the design (Tate D08140; Turner Bequest CXVII M) for the Liber Studiorum plate, The Water Mill, 1812. However, Turner’s sketch is so slight that in developing it, he must have added elements from imagination or memory.

David Blayney Brown
May 2006

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