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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Brocklesby: The Borghese Vase 1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Brocklesby: The Borghese Vase 1798
Turner Bequest LXXXIII 5
Pencil on white wove paper, 261 x 365 mm
Watermark ‘1797 | J Whatman
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram below centre in the drawing
Stamped in black ‘LXXXIII 5’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is a sheet from the Brocklesby Mausoleum sketchbook, of which seven pages survive, disbound; see under D05159 (Turner Bequest LXXXIII 1). The subject is a version in Coade stone of the Borghese Vase (Musée du Louvre, Paris), one of the most famous of the antiquities admired by Grand Tourists in Italy. The vase had been copied several times by Mrs Eleanor Coade’s manufactory at Lambeth in her patent ‘secret’ artificial stone,1 and it is likely that this example was designed by James Wyatt, who is recorded as having produced other Coade urns installed at Brocklesby. Another example of the Coade Borghese Vase is at Kedleston, Derbyshire, seat of the Curzon family.
See Alison Kelly, Mrs Coade’s Stone, Upton-Upon-Severn 1990; and John Martin Robinson, James Wyatt (1746–1813): Architect to George III, New Haven and London 2012, pp.129–31.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Brocklesby: The Borghese Vase 1798 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, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-brocklesby-the-borghese-vase-r1174095, accessed 21 October 2021.