Winchester City Mill discovers painting by Turner

Enjoy this new print of JMW Turner’s watercolour of Winchester City Mill © Tate Images London

Enjoy this new print of JMW Turner’s watercolour of Winchester City Mill

Latest update 19.06.2013 16:08

A casual browse through the Tate’s digital collection of JMW Turner’s paintings turned into something much more exciting recently, when an image of Winchester City Mill appeared.

Our Assistant Manager, Ric Weeks, was thrilled to stumble across the small watercolour, which had been bequeathed to the nation over 150 years ago. However, until now, no-one at the National Trust had been aware of its existence.

'I couldn't believe my luck when I saw the painting,' said Ric. 'It's instantly recognisable as the Mill and it's wonderful to think that this world-famous artist once stood outside my place of work and painted it over 200 years ago.'

What happened next

'The people at the Tate have been really helpful and we'll soon have a high-quality print of the painting on display for our visitors to enjoy.'

Dated 1795 and painted in grey and brown wash, the painting forms part of Turner’s Isle of Wight Sketchbook. This collection of drawings and paintings catalogues the artist’s time spent touring the south coast as a student of the Royal Academy, when he was in his early twenties.