Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of a Town

1834

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 184 × 116 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26707
Turner Bequest CCLXXII 22 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned to the portrait format are three sketches of a town. At the top of the page is a sketch of a tower house that resembles Traquair House near Innerleithen, which Turner sketched in the Edinburgh sketchbook, 1843 (Tate D26127; Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 17a). The town depicted in the two sketches below, however, does not look like Innerleithen. A possible identification is Perth, which may be depicted on the opposite sketchbook page: folio 17 verso (D26712; CCLXXII 25), and is depicted elsewhere in the sketchbook: folios 31 and 31 verso (D26745, D26744; CCLXXII 41a, 41).

Thomas Ardill
March 2011

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