Joseph Mallord William TurnerA Wooded Ravine c.1809-10

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A Wooded Ravine
From Sandycombe and Yorkshire Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXXVII
Date c.1809-10
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 202 x 125 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXVII 27
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Wooded Ravine circa 1809–10
Turner Bequest CXXVII 27
Pencil on white wove paper, 202 x 125 mm
Part watermark ‘H Sa | 18’
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘27’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CXXVII 27’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As set out in the Introduction, this sketchbook contains identified views of Cumbria and Sussex. Like the wooded scenes shown in D09005, D09007 and D09008 (CXXVII 28, 30, 30a), this sketch lacks prominent landmarks and cannot presently be associated with certainty with either county.
Technical notes:
This is one of a few single leaves which, with a greater number of loose bifolio sheets, constitute the so-called Sandycombe and Yorkshire sketchbook. The folded sheets were not bound, but placed inside each other in a sequence which is not entirely recoverable (see the sketchbook’s Introduction for a suggested order).

Matthew Imms
January 2012

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