Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cauldron Snout, Upper Teesdale

1816

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 173 x 260 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11530
Turner Bequest CXLVIII 6 a

Catalogue entry

Cauldron Snout is a staircase of falls culminating in one larger fall situated on the upper reaches of the River Tees in relatively remote country a little more than four miles west of High Force. This sketch is taken from a viewpoint about half-way down the left bank of the falls. Turner sketched his first impression of a very similar aspect in the Yorkshire 2 sketchbook (Tate D11198; Turner Bequest CXLV 98a), and together these sketches formed the basis of a studio watercolour of Chain Bridge over the Tees (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester)1 painted about 1825 and engraved by W. R. Smith in 1838 for Turner’s series of Picturesque View in England and Wales. The present writer has dated Turner’s sketches at Cauldron Snout to Saturday 3 August 1816.

David Hill
May 2009

1
Wilton 1979, pp.402–3 no.878.

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