J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A Barn and Cottages 1792

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Barn and Cottages 1792
Turner Bequest XII N
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 215 x 276 mm
Stamped in black ‘XII N’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg tentatively identified the scene as Llandewi Skyrrid, that is to say, Skirrid Farm, near Llandewi Court, north of Abergavenny, with the hill of Ysgyryd Fawr beyond. He registered1 that after the Tate flood of 1928, washing of the sheet to remove water-stains obliterated the outline of the distant hill. Turner was apparently commissioned to make a finished watercolour of this subject for a Mr Brydges; see the inscription on the verso. Turner’s use of watercolour here is restricted to the grey colour trial at the lower left corner.
For various approaches to the finished work see Tate D00144, D00145 and D00181 (Turner Bequest XII O, P, XVII F). The colour trial is for the first of these. Turner was to revisit Abergavenny in 1798; see the Dynevor Castle sketchbook (Tate D01494, D01495; Turner Bequest XL 19a–20).
MS note, Tate catalogue files.
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Mr Brydges’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram. The inscription is in an unusually large-scale and florid copper-plate, resembling an elaborate pot-hook rather than intelligible words.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Barn and Cottages 1792 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-barn-and-cottages-r1141133, accessed 21 September 2021.