Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Anne’s Hill, II (In the Garden), for Rogers’s ‘Poems’


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 244 × 308 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXX 171

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Another celebrated home visited by Turner was that of Charles James Fox,
the radical Whig politician. Fox was leader of the opposition when William Pitt was Prime Minister, during much of the 1790s.


Turner produced two views of Fox's villa
in Surrey for the 1834 edition of Samuel Rogers's Poems. This one accompanied lines written by Rogers at the time of Fox's funeral in Westminster Abbey, recalling his achievements. The house is glimpsed from a bower in the garden. Turner has introduced a couple of books lying open on a bench, a detail suggested by Rogers's affectionate pen-portrait.


Gallery label, September 2004

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