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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Classical Rotunda near Isleworth 1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Classical Rotunda near Isleworth 1805
Turner Bequest XCV 11
Pencil on white wove paper, 259 x 373 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘11’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XCV 11’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This was a right-hand page from the sketchbook. Finberg’s suggested subject is James Wyatt’s eye-catcher for Fawley Court, on Temple Island near Henley, which Turner did indeed draw in this sketchbook (see Tate D05912; Turner Bequest XCV 8). However, Hill’s identification is followed here as preferable. The rotunda, which must be inspired by or a variant of Robert Mylne’s (1803) pavilion at Syon, is also present in various sketches in the Studies for Pictures: Isleworth sketchbook; for discussion see Tate D05494; Turner Bequest XC 3, and for a view closest to the present sketch, Tate D05495; Turner Bequest XC 4. Mylne’s rotunda stood close to Turner’s Sion (or Syon) Ferry House, and Turner made four or five other views of Isleworth in this sketchbook; Tate D05952, D05916, D05949, D05953 and perhaps D05937; Turner Bequest XCV 48, 12, 45, 49 and ?33.
There are traces of watercolour on the left which would have run across the gutter of the sketchbook from an adjacent subject.
Blank save for splashes of grey and brown watercolour.

David Blayney Brown
January 2009

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Classical Rotunda near Isleworth 1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2009, 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-classical-rotunda-near-isleworth-r1129946, accessed 26 October 2021.