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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Buildings on Two Hilltops c.1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Buildings on Two Hilltops c.1824
Turner Bequest CCXXIV 158
Stamped in black ‘CCXXIV 158’ bottom right
Gouache and pencil on paper, 146 x 191 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This gouache and pencil sketch shows a number of buildings in a rocky landscape. These structures crowd around the summits of two hills. On the hill in the foreground the houses, which rise to three or four storeys, are packed closely together. The hill in the background appears to be topped by a fortified defensive structure. Surrounding these hills are mountainous peaks that stretch out into the distance.
For the grouping and dating of these works, see the section Introduction.
Blank except for inscriptions. Inscribed in pencil ‘158’ top left, ascending vertically. Inscribed in ink ‘231 | O’ bottom right.

Ben Pollitt
August 2019

How to cite

Ben Pollitt, ‘Buildings on Two Hilltops c.1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2019, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2023, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-buildings-on-two-hilltops-r1202142, accessed 17 April 2024.