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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Mill: ?Near Corwen or Llangollen 1808

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 21 Recto:
A Mill: ?Near Corwen or Llangollen 1808
Turner Bequest CIV 20
Pencil on white laid paper, 98 x 162 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘20’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CIV 20’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
For Turner’s trip to North Wales from Tabley in 1808, see Introduction to the sketchbook. Previous leaves have sketches of the road west of Corwen (see notes to folio 11, D06871; Turner Bequest CIV 10).
As noted in the Introduction, Turner’s excursion into Wales may have been made with or at the behest of Sir Richard Colt Hoare, who bought pictures of picturesque mills at Corwen and Llangollen, one based on his own on-the-spot sketch, by Turner’s friend Augustus Callcott in 1808. Turner had drawn mills around Llangollen on his Welsh tour in 1794. See also folios 22 and 27 (D06883, D06888; Turner Bequest CIV 21, 26).

David Blayney Brown
May 2010

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘A Mill: ?Near Corwen or Llangollen 1808 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 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-mill-near-corwen-or-llangollen-r1133638, accessed 23 July 2024.