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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A West Country Water Wheel 1811

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 170 Recto:
A West Country Water Wheel 1811
Turner Bequest CXXIII 167
Pencil on white wove writing paper, 75 x 117 mm
Part watermark ‘Smy | 179’
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘167’ top left, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CXXIII – 167’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
There is at least one figure, apparently a woman, on the right. The sketch is so hasty as to make further interpretation difficult, and there is no clue as to the site of the mill, presumably observed in the West Country.
Technical notes:
There is some offsetting towards the top from the ink inscription on folio 169 verso opposite (D08679; CXXIII 166a).

Matthew Imms
June 2011

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A West Country Water Wheel 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-west-country-water-wheel-r1137158, accessed 27 September 2021.