Joseph Mallord William Turner

Llandowror Mill

c.1795

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 415 x 255 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00687
Turner Bequest XXVIII B

Catalogue entry

This is based on a drawing in the South Wales sketchbook (Tate D00592; Turner Bequest XXVI 38). It is probably the beginning of the drawing commissioned by Mr Laurie (see the list of ‘Order’d Drawings’ near the front of the South Wales book, Tate D40557). The sheet size is almost identical to that of Tate D00688 (Turner Bequest XXVIII C), which seems to have been begun in the same way, with a lay-in of grey colour, but in that instance Turner has added local colour, missing from this ébauche. It is noteworthy that he uses here the traditional eighteenth-century watercolour procedure of grey dead-colouring, which was to be superseded in his work (and that of his friend Thomas Girtin, (1775–1802) in the next year or two.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; some stains; inscribed in a modern hand in pencil ‘23’.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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