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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Mansion; Also Group of Trees 1821

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 17 Verso:
A Mansion; Also Group of Trees 1821
Turner Bequest CCXI 17a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘39 feet’ bottom left, ‘fluted on the label | to Wings and front windows 4 steps Corinthian Half Raised flutes’ along the lower part of the page, ‘6’, ‘5’, ‘4’ and ‘9’ bottom centre, and ‘18 ft the Half’ bottom centre right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch of a mansion on a rise above a riverbank has not been identified. It was evidently of architectural interest, however, as Turner has also drawn a diagram relating to the shape of the bay windows at the top of the page, a detail sketch of the shape of the porch, and the following inscription: ‘39 feet. Fluted on the Label to Wings and front windows. 4 Steps. Corinthian. Half Raised Flutes, 18 ft. Step the Half’.
At the right of the page is part of a sketch of a group of trees which is continued on folio 18 verso (Tate D18552). There is another view of the mansion on folio 19 verso (Tate D18554; Turner Bequest CCXI 19a).

Thomas Ardill
March 2013

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘A Mansion; Also Group of Trees 1821 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-mansion-also-group-of-trees-r1146246, accessed 24 January 2021.