Sunday, November 13, 2016

Turner Watercolors of Palatial Interiors

Jacob Mallord William Turner (1775 - 1851)
Watercolor and Chalk on Paper
Petworth, West Sussex

As I was watching Mike Leigh's great film about Turner last week, I recalled that I had some images stored that I wanted to post here regarding the interiors he recorded in watercolor while staying with his patron, George Wyndham, Earl of Egremont.  A scene in the film suggests the possibility of a long past love affair between Turner and a close female relative of the Earl; perhaps some youthful fling between the cockney artist and some fine young lady that has left the woman extremely melancholy.  One may see how some of these charming drawings fueled the imaginations of the writer and director, Leigh, and the actor, Timothy Spall.

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