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.
See A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.329.
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.