357

PROPERTY OF THE DESCENDANTS OF DAWSON TURNER, ESQ.

Water-Colour Drawings Copied from the Pictures in the Possession of Dawson Turner, Esq.
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357

PROPERTY OF THE DESCENDANTS OF DAWSON TURNER, ESQ.

Water-Colour Drawings Copied from the Pictures in the Possession of Dawson Turner, Esq.
Estimate
7,00010,000
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Old Master and British Works on Paper Including drawings from the Oppé Collection

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Water-Colour Drawings Copied from the Pictures in the Possession of Dawson Turner, Esq.
including thirty-eight watercolours by Harriett Sarah Turner, after works by Bellini, Bruegel, Crome, Dow, Fyt, Holbein, Reni, Solimena, Teniers and many more; seven watercolours by Mary Anne Turner after Poussin, Steen, Wilson and others; five watercolours by Elizabeth Palgrave, née Turner after Cuyp, Prud'hon, Rubens and others; one watercolour by M** Shepperson, after Caracci and a further two works by John Berney Crome
Fifty-three, each watercolour and bodycolour, some with gum arabic and scratching out, each signed with the artist’s initials and inscribed with the work's titles, index, letter press title page in black and red with traces of gilt, bound in 19th century polished calf sides, richly tooled in blind and gilt with Dawson Turner's crest to centre of each cover, spine in five compartments with raised bands, title on the spine, gilt edges, preserved in original black leather portfolio, with clasp and catch
Album size: 354 by 271 mm
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Provenance

By family descent to the present owner

Literature

Ed. N. Goodman, Dawson Turner A Norfolk Antiquary and his Remarkable Family, Chichester 2007, fig. 15-17, colour plates: I-VII  

Catalogue Note

This remarkable album illustrates many of the paintings from the celebrated collection of Dawson Turner (1775-1858). A distinguished banker, botanist and antiquary, he is best remembered for his patronage of the arts and, in particular, for his support of the great Norfolk artist John Sell Cotman.

He lived at The Bank House, Great Yarmouth, with his wife Mary and their eight daughters. The children were exceptionally gifted and received a thorough classical education, with their father encouraging them to study ancient and modern languages, music, dancing and above all painting. Initially he employed the artist John Crome to act as their drawings-master, but in 1812 John Sell Cotman was given the position and he was to remain in the role until 1823. The atmosphere in the Turner household appears to have been scholarly and yet agreeable and the barrister Henry Crabb Robinson noted in October 1826 that ‘no visit could be unpleasantly long here… the moment breakfast was over Mr Turner went to the bank, Mrs Turner to her writing desk, and every one of the young Ladies to drawing or some other tasteful occupation.1

An index at the back of the album indicates that it was created over a period of ten years between January 1828 and December 1838, with contributions from three of Dawson Turner’s daughters as well as two watercolours by John Berney Crome (1794-1842) and one by a M*** Shepperson. The most prolific of the daughters was Hannah Sarah (1808-1883) who painted thirty-eight watercolours, followed by Mary Anne (1797-1875) with seven works and lastly Elizabeth (1799-1852), who signed herself EP, as in 1823 she had married Francis Palgrave. 

Dawson Turner began collecting pictures in the 1820s and within a short time, as this album illustrates, he had acquired works by many great masters of the British and European schools. Towards the end of his life, he was forced to sell his paintings. The sale at Christie’s on the 14 May 1852 was a great success, raising £2,058. However, it meant inevitably that the collection was forever scattered. This album, which has always remained in the possession of Dawson Turner’s descendants, is not only an invaluable record of the efforts of one of the most eminent of British collectors in the first half of the 19th century, but is also an object of great family intimacy.

1. Dawson Turner, A Norfolk Antiquary and his Remarkable Family, Chichester 2007, p. 1

Old Master and British Works on Paper Including drawings from the Oppé Collection

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