Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hampton Court, Herefordshire, from the South-West


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 229 × 332 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 66

Catalogue entry

Turner had made drawings at Hampton Court during his tour of South Wales in 1795; see the South Wales sketchbook (Tate D00603–D00607; Turner Bequest XXVI 49–53). These had served as the basis for a series of views of the house and grounds executed shortly after the tour (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester;1 Victoria and Albert Museum, London2); but see folio 102 recto (D01321; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 67). He revisited Hampton Court in 1798 at the prompting of Sir Richard Colt Hoare, who wanted views of the house for his projected History of Wiltshire. Turner made two sketches, on this and the following page, together with a detail of the south front in the Dynevor Castle sketchbook (Tate D01595; Turner Bequest XL 78a).
A watercolour, now very faded, based on the present drawing was sold at Sotheby’s, London, on 14 March 1985 (61), and subsequently at Sotheby’s, New York, in January 2010 (105). The two small watercolours he eventually produced for Colt Hoare (Yale Center for British Art, New Haven)3 were in fact based on drawings made in 1795.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.319 nos.182–185, reproduced.
Ibid., pp.319–20 no.186, reproduced.
Ibid., p.323 nos.215 and 216, reproduced.
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Earl of Essex’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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