Joseph Mallord William Turner

Borrowdale, with Seathwaite in the Distance

1797

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 274 x 370 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01024
Turner Bequest XXXV 22

Catalogue entry

Turner scholar David Hill identifies the view, drawn with the page turned horizontally, as having been taken from a spot near the road over Honister Pass to Buttermere from Borrowdale, in the valley bottom at Longthwaite. Seathwaite is visible higher up the valley, but as Hill points out Scafell, the highest range of hills in England, is obscured by cloud. The mountaineer and art historian Peter Bicknell confirmed this identification, pointing out that the torrent falling down the mountainside on the right is Sour Milk Gill.1
The drawing on the leaf now bound in following this one, folio 33 recto (D01025; Turner Bequest XXXV 23), ought probably to precede it as it records a scene farther north, which Turner would have reached sooner on his excursion to Longthwaite Bridge; see folio 35 recto (D01090; Turner Bequest XXXV 88), which Hill proposes should be placed immediately following the present leaf.
1
Oral communication.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed by Finberg in pencil ‘141.22’.

Andrew Wilton
August 2010

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