Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sandycombe Lodge, Twickenham: An Unexecuted Elevation and Plan


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 87 × 117 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXIV 86 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, Turner inscribed the following in pencil working down from the outer edge, presumably recording banknote numbers as was his custom:
7478     6 Jany   1810 
4628     2 Jan  [?1810]  
 922  – 7 Dec.    1809 
There is also a faint, almost childlike elevation of a four-square house with a central door and four windows, and a corresponding plan showing a room on either side a narrow entrance hall with stairs. Apparently working in from the back of the sketchbook, this is the first of a series of sketches relating to Sandycombe Lodge, Turner’s self-designed Twickenham house (see the Introduction to the sketchbook), occupying most of the pages as far as folio 73 verso (D08057). It bears no resemblance to house as built.

Matthew Imms
January 2012

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