JOSEPH MALLORD WILLIAM TURNER, R.A. | GLEDHOW HALL, YORKSHIRE
180,000 - 240,000 GBP
Property of a gentleman
JOSEPH MALLORD WILLIAM TURNER, R.A.
London 1775 - 1851
GLEDHOW HALL, YORKSHIRE
Watercolour over pencil heightened with touches of bodycolour, scratching out, stopping out and gum arabic;
signed lower right: JMW Turner RA
framed: 610 by 710 mm
unframed: 292 by 416 mm
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This lovely watercolour, on a sheet of laid "Whatman" type paper, is in a good condition. The paper is sound and has no major damages. There is a small surface scratch towards the upper right-hand corner.
The watercolour medium is fresh and bright though there maybe some slight fading of the indigo wash in the sky, which may have made the clouds a little bluer in tone. The yellow in the centre appears to be sienna pigment and the Prussian blue in the water and the sky is also strong. There are a few small pigment losses in the trees on the right-hand side.
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John Dixon (1753-1825) of Gledhow Hall, Yorkshire and Weeting Hall, Suffolk;
The Hon. Emily Kitson (b. 1866) daughter of John, 1st Baron Airedale of Gledhow,
by family descent until,
sale, London, Sotheby's, 20 March 1963, lot 86;
with Agnew's, London;
British Private Collection;
sale, London, Sotheby's, 9 July, 2009, lot 126 'Property of a gentleman of title';
where aquired by the present owner
Sir W. Armstrong, Turner, London, 1902, p. 255;
W. G. Rawlinson, The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner R. A., London, 1908, vol. 1, p. 43, no. 87;
A. Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg, 1979, p. 543, no. 543;
E. Shanes, Turner's England 1810-38, London, 1990, p. 77, no. 53
by George Cooke for Whitaker's Loidis and Elmete, 1816-20 (R. 87)
York, York City Art Gallery, Turner in Yorkshire, 1980, cat. no. 113 (illustrated p. 76)
This idyllic watercolour depicts Gledhow Hall, near Leeds in Yorkshire, the seat of the Dixon family. It was commissioned by John Dixon in 1816. He was the eldest son of Jeremiah Dixon (1726-1782) and Mary (1735-1807) daughter of the Reverend Henry Wickham, rector of Guisley in Yorkshire. Gledhow was purchased by John's father in 1764. Turner was to spend a great deal of time in Yorkshire, largely due to his close friendship with Walter Fawkes. Between 1808 and 1825 Turner was invited every summer to stay with the Fawkes family at Farnley Hall. From there the artist explored the county, visiting Gledhow in 1815. The present work is based on three drawings that survive in the Devonshire Rivers No. 3 and Wharfedale sketchbook (Turner Bequest CXXXIV 12, 15, 58).
Gledhow Hall is painted from the south-east, positioned high on the hill surrounded by glorious rolling parkland. This watercolour captures a moment as the sun rises bathing the landscape with a golden glow whilst dark shadows beneath the trees and in the foreground emphasise the intensity of the light. With a masterly display of delicate scratching out, Turner shows a fine mist rising from a stream in the valley below within which figures gather firewood and a herdsman drives his cattle beyond.
This watercolour was engraved by George Cook and included along with four other engravings after Turner in Dr Thomas Dunham Whitaker's book on the History of Leeds, published in 1816 under the title of Liodis and Elmete.