Joseph Mallord William Turner

Harnham Mill, near Salisbury


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 351 × 277 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXVII V

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Salisbury is famous as a favourite haunt
of Turner's contemporary, John Constable. However, Turner also completed a number of views in and around the city. His taste
for picturesque subjects often led him to seek out examples of vernacular, rustic architecture as well as the grand landmarks such as cathedrals and castles.


The building in this unfinished watercolour
is Harnham Mill, which dates from the fifteenth century. It still stands today,
a short walk from Salisbury cathedral, though it is now a hotel and restaurant.
It is clearly identifiable by the distinctive chequered stonework on the exterior
of the ground floor.


Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

The identification of this subject has been confirmed by Ian Warrell. Turner presumably made the study when he was in Wiltshire in 1795 for Sir Richard Colt Hoare (1758–1838); see Tate D00675 (Turner Bequest XXVII N). Harnham Mill was a little later to be drawn on several occasions by John Constable (1776–1837).
Technical notes:
Partly finished in watercolour, the subject is surrounded by ruled pencil lines approximately 4–6 mm inside the edge of the sheet.
Blank; not stamped.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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