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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Gibbet Hill, Hindhead 1807

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 22 Recto:
Gibbet Hill, Hindhead 1807
Turner Bequest C 21
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 118 x 187 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘21’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘C 21’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
For Hindhead see comments to folio 21 of this sketchbook (D06539; Turner Bequest C 20). Here the turnpike road is indicated by a sweep of the pencil while vertical marks on the summit of the hill on the right depict a famous gibbet, erected in 1787 for the execution of three men who had murdered a sailor. Turner’s verses on Hindhead inside the back cover (D40615) refer to this in their exhortation to ‘Hark the kreaking Irons’.

David Blayney Brown
May 2006

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Gibbet Hill, Hindhead 1807 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2006, 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-gibbet-hill-hindhead-r1139062, accessed 24 June 2024.