Joseph Mallord William Turner

Brocklesby: Distant View of the Mausoleum


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 261 × 365 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXXXIII 4

Technique and condition

This is a pencil drawing on off-white wove paper. The drawing is linear in style and contains minimal shading. Although it was swiftly sketched careful attention has been given to the architectural details of the mausoleum. A single graphite pencil has been used to create this composition but Turner has applied greater pressure when drawing the foreground (making the lines in this area the darkest in the picture); the background, by comparison, is more lightly drawn. This technique was often used by Turner to create the illusion of depth and distance in his sketches.
Along the left-hand edge there is evidence that this sketch was originally part of a sketchbook. The sheet has been roughly cut from the book and at the bottom of this edge a hole is visible where the sheet was attached to the binding. Further up the page two nicks in the paper indicate where other binding holes were.

Helen Evans
October 2008

Revised by Joyce Townsend
February 2011

Catalogue entry

This is a sheet from the Brocklesby Mausoleum sketchbook, of which seven pages survive, disbound; see under D05159 (Turner Bequest LXXXIII 1). It apparently shows a view from the opposite side of the hill to D05161 (Turner Bequest LXXXIII 3).
Technical notes:
There is a grey smear, and discolouration, perhaps from mould, at the top centre.
Blank; not stamped.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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