English, 1775 - 1851

Hampton Court, Herefordshire, Seen from the Southeast

Date: Before 1797

Joseph Mallord William Turner was only about twenty-one years old when he created this small scene of the country house of Hampton Court. Although it shares its name with the famous royal palace in the borough of Richmond, the building in this work is an estate in the county of Hertfordshire. This rural Hampton Court was built in 1427 by a knight who married a royal cousin of Henry IV’s.

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Medium: Pencil, pen, ink, and watercolor on paper

Inscriptions: Singed in lower left: "W. Turner"

Dimensions: H: 4 1/4 x W: 6 3/4 in.

Accession: 0171

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Paintings - Landscapes

Tags: Hampton Court , Hertfordshire , Palace

Purchased October 26, 1988 from Spink & Son. Recorded in Andrew Wilton, "J.M.W. Turner-His Life and Art", (1979), page 312, no. 98, illus. (whereabouts unknown). From the collection of Loton Park, Shropshire. According to Andrew Wilton, (op.cit.), "Turner's pencil drawing for this view of the house from the south-east is in the South Wales sketchbook, which is also the basis for the watercolour made in circa 1806 for Sir Richard Colt Hoare (op.cit., p. 323, no. 216)." The engraving of 1797 for the "Copper-Plate Magazine" corresponds very closely to this drawing and, being of a different size to all the others, implies that it was made separately between 1795 and 1797 for the engraving.