Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hampton Court, Herefordshire: Part of the South Front

1798

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 95 x 135 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01595
Turner Bequest XL 78 a

Catalogue entry

The Earl of Essex commissioned substantial alterations to Hampton Court, Herefordshire, which were carried out in the early 1790s, possibly by James Wyatt who had worked for him at Cassiobury.1 Compare the more complete view in the contemporary Hereford Court sketchbook (Tate D01320; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 66), and for Essex see the Introduction to that book. A watercolour view of the house based on that drawing was sold at Sotheby’s, New York, 27 January 2010 (105). The fact that this drawing records a detail of the architecture that was part of the 1790s remodelling may constitute evidence that the architect of the alterations was indeed Wyatt, since the relationship between Turner and Wyatt at this date seems to have been close.2

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
See John Cornforth, ‘Hampton Court, Herefordshire’, Country Life, vol.153, 1 March 1973, p.521.
2
See Evelyn Joll, ‘Wyatt, James (1747–1813)’ in Joll, Martin Butlin and Luke Herrmann (eds.), The Oxford Companion to J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 2001, p.389.

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