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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Rokeby 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 51 Verso:
Rokeby 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXIV 51a
Pencil on white wove paper, 74 x 94 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Rokeby’ bottom
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch, inscribed ‘Rokeby’, shows Rokeby Hall (also known as Rokeby Park) from the south. The central part of the building is flanked by two narrow tower-like structures and two square wings, though Turner has only shown the left (west) side clearly, the right perhaps being obscured by trees or else just ignored by the artist because of its similarity to the left side. The left side of the picture is taken up by the tall trees of Rokeby Park.
At the top right of the page is the continuation from a sketch on folio 52.
The following sketchbook page has been ripped out, presumably before the drawings were made as the sketches on this page and folio 52 overlap.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Rokeby 1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 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-rokeby-r1133982, accessed 01 December 2020.