Sir James Willoughby Gordon


View from the terrace of a villa at Niton

'View from the terrace of a villa at Niton, Isle of Wight, from sketches by a Lady' by J.M. W. Turner, now in the Boston Museum of Fine Art. 'This charming summer scene is based on watercolor sketches done by Lady Julia Gordon, who had been Turner’s pupil years before. A view from the steps of her villa, it records the new fashion for “Italian” gardens with terraces and urns. Turner exhibited the painting under the title given here at the Royal Academy in 1826.'



Painted for Lady Willoughby Gordon (Julia Bennet) and based upon her sketches; by descent to Lady Gordon's granddaughter, Mrs. Disney Leith; by descent to her son, the seventh Lord Burgh; July 26, 1926, sale Christie's, London, lot 27, and bought by Sampson; 1929, with Dudley Tooth, London; 1933, sold by Dudley Tooth to William A. Coolidge, Topsfield and Cambridge, MA (d. 1992); 1993, bequest of William A. Coolidge. (Accession Date: January 27, 1993)

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Current Location
Boston, Mass.
Current Owner
Boston Museum of Fine Art