Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Interior of a Mill


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 210 × 270 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXXIV 90

Catalogue entry

The subject is drawn with the page turned horizontally. David Hill suggests, on the evidence of the drawing he identifies as Egglestone on the verso (D40565), that this rapid study shows Cooke’s Mill at Egglestone; see folio 28 recto (D00933; Turner Bequest XXXIV 27). If this is the case, the leaf presumably belongs earlier in the book, near that page and folio 29 recto (D00934; XXXIV 28). A watercolour study on a separate sheet (Tate D00873; Turner Bequest XXXIII B) may be an elaboration of this subject, in which case this is a forge or foundry rather than a paper mill – Hill suggests1 one of Walker’s iron foundries at Conisborough or Rotherham; see folio 4 recto (D00909; Turner Bequest XXXIV 4) and also the drawing of a forge in the Wilson sketchbook (Tate D01219–D01220; Turner Bequest XXXVII 102–103) and the related catalogue entry.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

See Hill 1996, p.16.

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