Joseph Mallord William TurnerCastle Head and Whitbarrow Scar from above Whitbarrow Lodge 1816

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Artist
Title
Castle Head and Whitbarrow Scar from above Whitbarrow Lodge
From Yorkshire 4 Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXLVII
Date 1816
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 125 x 206 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11506
Turner Bequest CXLVII 39
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 39 Recto:
Castle Head and Whitbarrow Scar from above Whitbarrow Lodge 1816
D11506
Turner Bequest CXLVII 39
Pencil on white wove paper, 125 x 206 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Birch’, ‘G’
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘279’ bottom right and ‘39’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CXLVII 39’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is the right half of a double-page spread continued from folio 38 verso opposite (D11505), recording the view from above Whitbarrow Lodge, south-west towards Castle Head, with the southern end of Whitbarrow Scar to the right, and panning right across the ‘Bog’ of Meathop Moss to Arnside Knott in the distance. Turner sketched similar material, but from more distant viewpoints, in the Yorkshire 2 sketchbook (Tate D11189, D11188; Turner Bequest CXLV 94, 93a) which accompanied him on the tour of 1816. The present writer has dated Turner’s sketches in the area of Whitbarrow Scar and Witherslack to Tuesday 6 August 1816.
A sketch on the verso (D11507) is taken from the same viewpoint, but looking in the opposite direction.

David Hill
February 2009

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