Joseph Mallord William Turner

Gibside: The House and Column of British Liberty from the Derwent Valley


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 232 × 328 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLVI 7 a

Catalogue entry

The north front of Gibside is represented as a blank rectangle on the skyline at the centre of this slight sketch. Turner’s viewpoint is beside the River Derwent, north-east of the house and north of the column, at a point that can be placed at about the centre of the detailed two-page view from further north-east on folios 9 verso–10 recto (D12267, D12268; Turner Bequest CLVI 5a–6).
Further studies of Gibside and the surrounding landscape are on folios 6 verso to 8 recto, 9 recto and 10 verso to 11 verso (D40723, D12265, D40724, D12270, D12266, D12269, D12272, D12273; CLVI 3 verso–4, [4 verso]–7, 5, 6a, 8, 8a). See the introduction to the tour and the entry for folio 6 verso (D40723) for more on the history of the house and estate.

Matthew Imms
February 2010

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