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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner The Interior of a Mill 1797

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 95 Recto:
The Interior of a Mill 1797
Turner Bequest XXXIV 90
Pencil on white wove paper, 210 x 270 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘90’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XXXIV 90’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject is drawn with the page turned horizontally. David Hill suggests, on the evidence of the drawing he identifies as Egglestone on the verso (D40565), that this rapid study shows Cooke’s Mill at Egglestone; see folio 28 recto (D00933; Turner Bequest XXXIV 27). If this is the case, the leaf presumably belongs earlier in the book, near that page and folio 29 recto (D00934; XXXIV 28). A watercolour study on a separate sheet (Tate D00873; Turner Bequest XXXIII B) may be an elaboration of this subject, in which case this is a forge or foundry rather than a paper mill – Hill suggests1 one of Walker’s iron foundries at Conisborough or Rotherham; see folio 4 recto (D00909; Turner Bequest XXXIV 4) and also the drawing of a forge in the Wilson sketchbook (Tate D01219–D01220; Turner Bequest XXXVII 102–103) and the related catalogue entry.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

See Hill 1996, p.16.

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘The Interior of a Mill 1797 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-interior-of-a-mill-r1150159, accessed 20 September 2019.