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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Farmstead Surrounded by Hills c.1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Farmstead Surrounded by Hills c.1824
Turner Bequest CCXXIV 65
Chalk on blue wove paper, 145 x 190 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCXXIV 65’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
In this wide landscape view, the bottom third of the image depicts a flat, sweeping plain of land leading to a set buildings, a farmstead possibly, situated in the centre of the composition. A series of rolling hills rise up behind this farm, their profiles gently interweave as they recede into the distance. On top of the furthest hill are four vertical forms suggesting the towers of a castle.
For the grouping and dating of these works, see the section Introduction.
Technical notes:
An inscription in ink ‘O | 231’ appears towards the top right of the recto.
Blank except for inscriptions. Inscribed in ink ‘231 | O’ top left, upside down. Inscribed in ink ‘65’ bottom right.

Ben Pollitt
August 2019

How to cite

Ben Pollitt, ‘Farmstead Surrounded by Hills 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-farmstead-surrounded-by-hills-r1202111, accessed 17 April 2024.