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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Studies for Sandycombe Lodge c.1812

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
?Studies for Sandycombe Lodge circa 1812
Pencil on white wove paper, 186 x 111 mm
Part watermark ‘18’
Stamped in black ‘[Turner Bequest monogram] | CXX – U’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is the verso of Tate D08235 (Turner Bequest CXX U), which shows the garden elevation of Turner’s self-designed house, Sandycombe Lodge, Twickenham, as well as a sketch map of its situation.
The slight sketches here are not mentioned in Finberg’s Turner Bequest Inventory.1 The upper sketch shows a narrow oblong with what may be the gable end of a building attached at the right, perhaps as a combined ground-plan and elevation. The separate sketch towards the bottom shows an inverted U-shaped curve, perhaps relating to the dip in the ground below the centre of the house on the recto, together with a cluster of short, straight lines, although the intention of any of these marks and any potential connection to the design process for Sandycombe Lodge is unclear.
See A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.329.
Technical notes:
The sheet is trimmed straight at the left and at the bottom. The top edge is straight but torn rather than trimmed, and the left-hand edge is slightly irregular, such that the sheet is narrower by a few millimetres at the top. There are slight indications of a straight edge having been used to guide the tear.

Matthew Imms
January 2012

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘?Studies for Sandycombe Lodge c.1812 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2012, 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-studies-for-sandycombe-lodge-r1134731, accessed 20 June 2024.