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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Winchester City Mill 1795

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Recto:
Winchester City Mill 1795
D00408
Turner Bequest XXIV 2
Pencil and grey and brown wash on white wove paper, 264 x 204 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Winchester City Mill’ bottom right and ‘City Mill’ on plaque on wall of building
Stamped in black ‘XXIV 2’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The City Mill, in Eastgate Street on the River Itchen, was built in 1744 and is still standing. The still life of sculpture and architectural fragments in the foreground of this view of it is an interesting early instance of Turner’s fascination with incongruous juxtapositions. Finberg’s proposal1 that the slight sketch on folio 1 recto (D00407) also shows Winchester City Mill is hardly substantiated by the details recorded in the two drawings.
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.41.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Winchester City Mill 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-winchester-city-mill-r1140985, accessed 23 October 2021.