Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Waterfall on the River Mynach

c.1792

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 271 x 214 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00137
Turner Bequest XII H

Catalogue entry

This sheet may be part of a larger one. The grand conception of the composition, together with the presence of a figure dwarfed by the scale of the rocks, suggests that Turner may have thought of using the drawing as the basis for a watercolour. However, Finberg gives Turner’s inscription as ‘First Fall, Monack’, whereas the lost watercolour exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1792 was titled Second Fall of the River Monach [i.e. Mynach], Devil’s Bridge, Cardiganshire.1 See Tate D00138 (Turner Bequest XII I).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.306 no.48.
Technical notes:
The sheet is torn rather than cut along the right-hand edge.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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