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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Usk, Monmouthshire, from the South-West 1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Usk, Monmouthshire, from the South-West 1798
Turner Bequest XLI 32
Pencil on white wove paper, 289 x 456 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘W’ towards centre right on side of a building, and ‘[?4]___’ towards bottom right
Inscribed in pencil ‘32’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XLI – 32’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
There is a small sketch of buildings in the lower right corner. The mark to the left of this, which is transcribed here as ‘4’ but may perhaps be ‘H’, has affinities with the firmly added inscription in the lower right corner of the drawing on D01655 (Turner Bequest XLI 24) in this sketchbook. Both are views of towns on the River Usk. A more developed drawing of the town of Usk, from a slightly closer viewpoint, is on D01668 (Turner Bequest XLI 35). Another watercolour study of Usk, perhaps based on the latter and the present drawing is Tate D01906 (Turner Bequest XLIV d).
Technical notes:
The paper is different from that comprising the rest of the sketchbook; it is faded from exposure.
Inscribed in a later hand in pencil ‘No3’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Usk, Monmouthshire, from the South-West 1798 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-usk-monmouthshire-from-the-south-west-r1173281, accessed 14 April 2021.