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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View across Appuldurcombe Park with Men Ploughing in the Foreground 1795

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 37 Recto:
View across Appuldurcombe Park with Men Ploughing in the Foreground 1795
Turner Bequest XXIV 36
Pencil on white wove paper, 204 x 264 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Pilaster between the Windows and [?Dressing]’ towards top right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘36’ bottom left, descending vertically (now very faint)
Stamped in black ‘XXIV 36’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A view of Appuldurcombe ‘size of Steephill’ (see inside front cover) was commissioned by John Landseer, according to Turner’s note on the recto of the flyleaf (D41250). No watercolour is known, and the subject was not engraved. It is odd that no more detailed study of the house itself occurs in this book; the architectural note in the top right-hand corner of this sheet must refer to the tiny drawing that appears in the left middle distance of the view – hardly a full record of what was an important if eccentric house. It had been built, and possibly designed, by Sir Robert Worsley in the first decade of the eighteenth century, and was altered and enlarged by James Wyatt for Sir Richard Worsley in the 1770s. Having been used as a school it fell into ruin in the early twentieth century and is now managed by English Heritage.
This drawing, made with the page turned horizontally, shows the view looking north-east from near Wroxall towards the obelisk erected by Sir Richard in 1774 in memory of Sir Robert, which survives today. Another member of the Worsley family, the Earl of Yarborough, of Brocklesby Hall in north Lincolnshire, became a patron of Turner’s at the end of the decade; see the dismembered Brocklesby Mausoleum sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest LXXXIII). Several members of the Worsley family including Sir Robert and Sir Richard are buried in Godshill church which Turner drew, albeit as part of a general view of the village, on folio 38 recto (D00445; Turner Bequest XXIV 37).
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘View across Appuldurcombe Park with Men Ploughing in the Foreground 1795 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 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-view-across-appuldurcombe-park-with-men-ploughing-in-the-r1141022, accessed 15 October 2019.