Joseph Mallord William Turner A Woodland Road in Caley Park, Otley Chevin 1818

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Artist
Title
A Woodland Road in Caley Park, Otley Chevin
From Farnley Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLIII
Date 1818
Dimensions Support: 111 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D12006
Turner Bequest CLIII 7 a
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Catalogue entry

This is the left part of a double-page spread continued to the right on D12007; Turner Bequest CLIII 8 opposite, and further right on D12008; Turner Bequest CLIII 9, following, recording a view along a woodland road running across a rocky ravine. The main spread served as the basis of a finished watercolour, West Gates to Caley Park, Otley Chevin (Bradford City Art Galleries),1 painted for Walter Fawkes of Farnley Hall about 1818. The watercolour is cited as ‘24 Park Gate’ in the list of watercolours in hand (or intended) on another page of this sketchbook (D12013; Turner Bequest CLIII 11a).
Andrew Wilton has identified D12006–D12007as the basis of the watercolour called Caley Crags, with Deer (private collection)2 painted contemporaneously for Walter Fawkes but this is in fact based on a previous sketch in this sketchbook (D12003–D12004, D12005; Turner Bequest CLIII 5a–6, 7). For his part, Greg Smith has mistakenly associated it with another watercolour, The Woodwalk, Farnley Hall (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge),3 which is in fact is based on a sketch in the Hastings sketchbook (Tate D10344; Turner Bequest CXXXIX 2) possibly made on the same visit to Farnley in 1818 as the present sketches.

David Hill
June 2009

1
Wilton 1979, p.371, no.611 where called ‘Caley Park, Otley Chevin’.
2
Ibid., p.371 no.616 where called ‘The Deer Park, Caley Hall’.
3
Ibid., pp.369–70 no.602.

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