Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Studies for Sandycombe Lodge

c.1812

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 186 × 111 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40285

Catalogue entry

This is the verso of Tate D08235 (Turner Bequest CXX U), which shows the garden elevation of Turner’s self-designed house, Sandycombe Lodge, Twickenham, as well as a sketch map of its situation.
The slight sketches here are not mentioned in Finberg’s Turner Bequest Inventory.1 The upper sketch shows a narrow oblong with what may be the gable end of a building attached at the right, perhaps as a combined ground-plan and elevation. The separate sketch towards the bottom shows an inverted U-shaped curve, perhaps relating to the dip in the ground below the centre of the house on the recto, together with a cluster of short, straight lines, although the intention of any of these marks and any potential connection to the design process for Sandycombe Lodge is unclear.
1
See A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.329.
Technical notes:
The sheet is trimmed straight at the left and at the bottom. The top edge is straight but torn rather than trimmed, and the left-hand edge is slightly irregular, such that the sheet is narrower by a few millimetres at the top. There are slight indications of a straight edge having been used to guide the tear.

Matthew Imms
January 2012

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