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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Lindley Hall, near Farnley, from beside Lake Tiny 1816

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 6 Recto:
Lindley Hall, near Farnley, from beside Lake Tiny 1816
Turner Bequest CXXXIV 3
Pencil on white wove paper with gilt edges, 179 x 254 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘3’ bottom right
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXXIV – 3’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This drawing has been cited as the basis of the watercolour of about 1818 showing Lindley Hall from Lake Tiny on the Farnley Hall estate (Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery),1 despite the fact that it ‘differs in a number of details ... for example, the lake does not occupy the whole of the foreground.’2 In fact, a similar study, perhaps made in 1814, in the smaller Devon Rivers, No.2 sketchbook (Tate D09784; Turner Bequest CXXXIII 81a) shows the view north over the lake (left blank in the foreground), exactly as in the Birmingham watercolour. The present drawing is more detailed, particularly in the architecture of the hall, but the alignment of the various landscape features is slightly different, and it appears to have been drawn from the north-western edge of the lake. There is a slight continuation on folio 5 verso opposite (D09802; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 12v).
For Lindley Hall and other views, see under folio 2 recto (D09803; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 13), and for other subjects at and around Farnley and nearby Yorkshire properties belonging to Walter Fawkes see under folio 1 verso (D09790).
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.372 no.621, reproduced.
Hill and others 1980, p.44.
Technical notes:
A long tear to the upper centre of the sheet has been repaired. It does not affect the drawing below the sky-line.

Matthew Imms
July 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Lindley Hall, near Farnley, from beside Lake Tiny 1816 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-lindley-hall-near-farnley-from-beside-lake-tiny-r1147355, accessed 27 July 2021.