Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Landscapes beside a Lake

c.1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 99 x 155 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13972
Turner Bequest CLXXII 22

Catalogue entry

The locations of the landscapes in these two faint pencil sketches remain unidentified. The lower drawing appears to show a large house designed in the style of English Palladianism beside a lake, whilst the sketch at the top is a view of the shore of a lake. They may represent English subjects which predate the artist’s use of the sketchbook as a notebook relating to his Italian travels in the autumn of 1819. The house bears some resemblance to Basildon Park in Berkshire, and to Tabley House in Cheshire, the seat of Turner’s patron Sir John Leicester.

Nicola Moorby
July 2008

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