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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A Design for the Central Part of the Garden Front of Sandycombe Lodge, Twickenham; Penryn 1811

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 251 Recto:
A Design for the Central Part of the Garden Front of Sandycombe Lodge, Twickenham; Penryn 1811
D08802
Turner Bequest CXXIII 248
Pencil and pen and ink on white wove writing paper, 117 x 75 mm
Inscribed by Turner in ink ‘Penryn’ centre left
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘248’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CXXIII – 248’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The outlines of the architectural elevation, inverted in relation to the foliation of the sketchbook and the townscape with which it shares the page, are in ink, with details added in pencil, and relates to the view of a house in a landscape on the opposite page (folio 250 verso; D08801; CXXIII 247a). As described there, the subject is Turner’s self-designed house Sandycombe Lodge, Twickenham, which was completed a year or two after his West Country tour. The sketch here shows the main part of the east-facing garden front much as it was built.
The townscape is inscribed by ‘Penryn’ by Turner, indicating the Cornish port north-west of Falmouth, although subsequent developments make the viewpoint difficult to establish. There is another view on folio 112 recto (D08575; CXXIII 109).

Matthew Imms
June 2011

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Design for the Central Part of the Garden Front of Sandycombe Lodge, Twickenham; Penryn 1811 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2011, 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-design-for-the-central-part-of-the-garden-front-of-r1137281, accessed 26 October 2021.