The collection in 1840
We last month noticed a gallery of modern paintings, of extent and value unequalled in Great Britain, and probably in the world: we have now to describe a collection of English drawings, to which the remark may as justly apply ... The drawings by Turner combine in large proportion of his best works; there are above two hundred of them, and not one of an inferior character. Nearly all have been engraved - as illustrations of 'Cooke's Coast Scenery', the novels of Scott, Cadell's edition of the poems of Sir Walter - double interesting as copies of scenery pointed out to the painter by the poet, who travelled with him through all the places commemorated in the 'Lady of the Lake', 'Rokeby' &c.&c. Many of them have additions omitted in the prints, communicating the historical events to which the poetry bears reference and which are so conceived and executed as to give a new idea of the rich fancy of Mr Turner.
The Arts Union, No. 3, April, 1839
Most of the Turner paintings in the Windus collection were sold during the owner's lifetime. Sadly BG Windus did not leave any bequests to public collections and his paintings are now scattered around the world in art galleries and private collections.
The photograph above shows the Library which BG Windus added to house his collection of paintings.
The collection is listed below with links to the various publications in which the paintings appeared.
In 1840 William Robinson listed many of the paintings in the Windus collection in his volume The History and Antiquities of the Parish of Tottenham:
1. A beautiful drawing of Hastings, from the Sea, intended /or a work under the auspices of John Fuller, Esq., of Rose Hill, Sussex, but not engraved
2 & 3. A Storm, and A Calm — very fine drawings; the latter engraved under the title of Margate — Sunrise — Whiting Fishing
4. Twilight — Folkestone — Smugglers creeping up. Spirits
5. Cologne — a very beautiful drawing, engraved by Odell
7. Lago Maggiore
9. Virginia Waters
11. Saumur, on the Loire
13. Chateau of the Belle Gabrielle
14. Schaffhausen, on the Rhine
Picturesque Views of
Sir Walter Scott and other publications
Sixty seven drawings made for Cadel’s edition of the Works and Life of Sir Walter Scott, a most beautiful and interesting series
Beautiful drawings, engraved on a very small scale, for the Annual called the Keepsake.
Four vignettes for Moore’s prose
Poem of The Epicurean.
To find the location of each painting identified in the Windus collection so far please go to Images and Credits