Joseph Mallord William Turner

Designs for Sandycombe Lodge, Twickenham


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Pen and ink and graphite on paper
Support: 126 × 201 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXVII 2

Catalogue entry

This is one of numerous pages in this sketchbook relating to Turner’s self-designed Twickenham house, Sandycombe Lodge (see the Introduction to the sketchbook). The page combines various elaborate ink plans and elevations of the broad, shallow ‘Type B’ type categorised by Patrick Youngblood (as discussed in the Introduction to the Sandycombe section), together with a small view of the simpler garden (eastern) façade of the house more or less as built, with a tall central block and lower flanking wings. Most of the other sketches in this book show designs of this last type, with variations to the wings.1
See Youngblood 1982, pp.28–9.
Technical notes:
This page is a face of one of the loose bifolio sheets which form the majority of the so-called Sandycombe and Yorkshire sketchbook, along with a few single leaves. The sheets were not bound, but folded inside each other in a sequence which is not entirely recoverable (see the sketchbook’s Introduction for a suggested order). When unfolded, this page is continuous with D09001 (CXXVII 25a); the measurements given above are for the present work alone.
There is offsetting from Ruskin’s red ink ‘3’ inscribed in the corresponding position on D08967 (CXXVII 3), which has bled through to the present page.
Blank, save for extensive show-through from the recto and ink offsetting from Tate D08967 (Turner Bequest CXXVII 3).

Matthew Imms
January 2012

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