attributed to Joseph Mallord William Turner, attributed to Sawrey Gilpin, formerly attributed to Joseph Mallord William Turner

Windsor Park: with Horses by the Late Sawrey Gilpin, Esq., R.A

exhibited ?1811

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Attributed to Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Attributed to Sawrey Gilpin 1733–1807
Formerly attributed to Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 577 x 771 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXX G

Technique and condition

This composition of pencil, watercolour and gouache was executed on white wove paper watermarked ‘HAYES & WISE 1799’. There is preliminary sketching under the paint of this composition. The horses are outlined in pencil and their legs and spines have been shaded. They were then filled in using drops of wet paint; less care has been taken with the horses’ faces. The background was painted last and care was taken to paint right up to the edges of the horses, which lends support to the idea that the animals were not actually painted by Turner, though the rest of the image was. Pigments used include ochres and Mars orange, black, and possibly indigo.

Helen Evans
October 2008

Revised by Joyce Townsend
February 2011

Catalogue entry


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