Joseph Mallord William Turner

Tabley House from the Moat


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Oil and gum arabic on paper
Support: 226 × 295 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CIII 18

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Unusually, this sketch was painted on a page of a sketchbook, the 'Tabley' book used when Turner was staying with Sir John Leicester there in the summer of 1808; it was based on a pencil drawing in the same sketchbook. The sketch was cut from the book and bears signs of having been folded into four as if for despatch by post - perhaps to Sir John himself in connection with the two paintings of Tabley that Turner exhibited in 1809. Turner did not normally prepare samples of this kind, but the sketch was evidently made for a practical purpose rather than from nature.

Gallery label, August 2004

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