Joseph Mallord William Turner

Brocklesby: The Borghese Vase

1798

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 261 × 365 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05163
Turner Bequest LXXXIII 5

Catalogue entry

This is a sheet from the Brocklesby Mausoleum sketchbook, of which seven pages survive, disbound; see under D05159 (Turner Bequest LXXXIII 1). The subject is a version in Coade stone of the Borghese Vase (Musée du Louvre, Paris), one of the most famous of the antiquities admired by Grand Tourists in Italy. The vase had been copied several times by Mrs Eleanor Coade’s manufactory at Lambeth in her patent ‘secret’ artificial stone,1 and it is likely that this example was designed by James Wyatt, who is recorded as having produced other Coade urns installed at Brocklesby. Another example of the Coade Borghese Vase is at Kedleston, Derbyshire, seat of the Curzon family.
1
See Alison Kelly, Mrs Coade’s Stone, Upton-Upon-Severn 1990; and John Martin Robinson, James Wyatt (1746–1813): Architect to George III, New Haven and London 2012, pp.129–31.
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Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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