Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sandycome Lodge, Twickenham: The Undeveloped Site from the North


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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 75 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch, which continues across folio 76 recto opposite (D08062) is one of a series relating to Sandycombe Lodge, Turner’s self-designed Twickenham house (see the Introduction to the sketchbook), occupying most of the pages between folio 73 verso (D08057) and folio 86 verso (D08083), and apparently made working inwards from the back of the book. This relatively featureless site, with a slope on the right and trees in the dip on the left, is recognisably the Sandycombe plot by comparison with the ink rendering on folios 73 verso–74 recto (D08057, D08058), where a notional version of the house is shown at the head of the slope.
The subject of the present drawing has been recognised independently by Eric Shanes.1

Matthew Imms
January 2012

Eric Shanes, draft text on Turner and Sandycombe in email to the author, 1 October 2011.

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