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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Plan of the Grounds of Sandycombe Lodge c.1808-9

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 48 Verso:
Plan of the Grounds of Sandycombe Lodge circa 1808–9
Turner Bequest CVI 48a
Ink on white wove paper, 108 x 185 mm
Inscribed by Turner in ink ‘Pond’ below centre and ‘Harrow’ lower right of centre
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. Patrick Youngblood was the first to identify this rough outline as a likely ‘early plan of [the] Sandycombe site’, noting that the plot strongly resembles it in its ‘triangular outline .... rectilinear “house” form at the bottom... and a kidney-shaped pond in the middle’. It would be the earliest of several plans of the site at Twickenham that Turner bought in 1807 and where he began building a small house in about 1812. Ideas and designs for the house and garden, which contained a fish pond, abound in his sketchbooks.

David Blayney Brown
July 2010

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Plan of the Grounds of Sandycombe Lodge c.1808–9 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2010, 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-plan-of-the-grounds-of-sandycombe-lodge-r1129614, accessed 24 January 2021.