Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Shooting Party on the Moors near Farnley Hall, with Figures: ‘Dogs’, ‘Guns’, ‘Game’ and an ‘Ale Barrel’ in the Foreground

c.1816

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 285 x 460 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09026
Turner Bequest CXXVIII 10

Catalogue entry

Here Turner continues a sequence that runs from folio 7 of the sketchbook (D09023) in Hall Beck Gill, through folio 8 (D09024) on Beamsley Beacon, and folio 9 (D09025) at Brimham Rocks to the present view; all were perhaps made on the same expedition. The present drawing served as the basis of a finished watercolour, Shooting Party on the Moors, 12th August (private collection)1 painted for Walter Fawkes of Farnley Hall. The watercolour has sometime been called ‘Hawksworth Moor’ which is some distance south of Farnley, but as has been previously demonstrated,2 that identification dated back only to 1902. The sequence of sketches to which this belongs suggests a location in the Hall Beck Gill/Beamsley Beacon/Upper Washburn area, about five miles north-west of Farnley, and it seems most likely that the shoot took place thereabouts. The watercolour follows the details and positions of the tents and carriage closely, but varies and elaborates the figures, dogs and horses.
1
Wilton 1979, pp.370–1 no.610.
2
Hill, Warburton and Tussey 1980, pp.38–9.
Verso:
Blank

David Hill
October 2009

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