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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 88 × 110 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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

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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