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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 88 × 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07725
Turner Bequest CXI 84 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted, and continued on folio 85 (D07726).
Turner visited Somer Hill, a mile and a half outside Tonbridge, Kent, in 1810, en route to Sussex to make views for John Fuller following his commission that year. He made a sketch in his Harvest Home sketchbook (Tate D05375; Turner Bequest LXXXVI 19) and the double-spread view here, looking roughly eastwards across the lake and through trees towards the house. Then he made a larger and more finished drawing, perhaps also on-site, in the Vale of Heathfield sketchbook (Tate D10210–D10211; Turner Bequest CXXXVII 3a–4), which he used as the basis for his painting Somer-Hill, the Seat of W.F. Woodgate, Esq. (National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh).1 See especially notes to the larger drawing for the subject and background.

David Blayney Brown
May 2011

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, the Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.82–3 no.116 (pl.95).

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