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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View of Stoke House, Bristol 1791

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 16 Verso:
View of Stoke House, Bristol 1791
Turner Bequest VI 16a
Pencil and watercolour on white laid paper, 185 x 263 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[...] Unicorn and | 2 [?Knight] and [...]’ top right, and ‘Olive’, ‘Yew’ and other notes in the drawing
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The study for the finished watercolour (private collection).1 It is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation. There is a blue colour trial in the top right corner. Finberg also records: ‘Light and dark masonry in different parts of building indicated by initials, “D.S.” and “W.S.”’ and gives part of the main inscription as ‘Unicorn and Lion’.2
Some details of the house are studied on the recto of this leaf (D00093).
Wilton 1979, p.302 no.20, pl.7.
Finberg 1909, I, p.10.
Technical notes:
The leaf is stained through in the centre with what appears to be brown varnish.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘View of Stoke House, Bristol 1791 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-of-stoke-house-bristol-r1140145, accessed 25 June 2021.