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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?A Building or Architectural Feature 1817

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Verso:
?A Building or Architectural Feature 1817
Pencil on white wove paper, 116 x 185 mm
Part watermark ‘J Wha | 18’
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page is not mentioned in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory.1 The sketch, a small, upright rectangle in form, presumably represents a building or part of one. It runs almost into the gutter and is directly opposite the most prominent (albeit small) part of the irregular stub of a torn-out leaf, upon which there appear to be pencil marks, although they do not marry directly with the few strokes here. It seems that the present drawing was made as a continuation of whatever composition was removed from the book, rather than matching up to the drawing of Durham on folio 6 recto (D12325).

Matthew Imms
February 2010

See A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.449.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘?A Building or Architectural Feature 1817 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2010, 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-building-or-architectural-feature-r1139322, accessed 28 November 2020.