Joseph Mallord William Turner

Haddon Hall: The Lower Courtyard

?1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 191 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22203
Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 29 a

Catalogue entry

The main view, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, shows the lower Courtyard of Haddon Hall, looking west to the North-West Tower, as Ian Warrell has noted,1 to the right of centre. The stone staircase near the south-east corner of the courtyard is on the left. The main entrance arch to the hall is at the foot of the tower, appearing shallow from this angle owing to the flight of steps down to it at the corner of the courtyard, not visible from Turner’s viewpoint.
As Warrell has observed, the separate detail at the lower right, upside down in relation to the main view, appears to have been made looking from the south side of the staircase, which is indicated by parallel diagonal strokes.2 For other views see under folio 24 recto (D22192).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

1
Ian Warrell, notes from 1993 and later in Tate catalogue files.
2
Ibid.

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