Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cheddar Gorge: High Rock from Horseshoe Bend


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 222 x 183 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXV b 2

Catalogue entry

High Rock is seen to the south-west from the northern apex of Horseshoe Bend; the road leading through Cheddar Gorge passes through the narrow gap in the rocks below. There are what appear to be views from nearby on folios 4 recto, 6 recto and 7 recto (D41377, D41379, D41380). Folios 1 recto–8 recto (D41374–D41381) are all views of Cheddar Gorge, most apparently made in a concentrated area around the Horseshoe Bend.
As discussed in the introduction, the pages of this ‘sketchbook’, which appear to have originally been loose sheets, are not recorded in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory of the Bequest, although he subsequently noted the subject as ‘Rocks’ in a manuscript list,1 while C.F. Bell described it in his own notes as ‘Rocky gorge’.2 Figures corresponding to Finberg’s MS catalogue page numbers, which differ from Bell’s sequence, are inscribed on the verso of each sheet.
A.J. Finberg, MS addenda, [circa 1928–39], tipped into a copy of his A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, London 1909, vol.I, opposite p.357, as CXXV(b) 11.
C.F. Bell, MS addenda, [after 1928], tipped into a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.I, p.356C, as CXXVB 2.
Technical notes:
The sheet is wrinkled, possibly as a result of exposure to damp.
Blank, save for inscription by Edwin Fagg in pencil ‘215 | 11’ bottom left, descending vertically (partly trimmed). There are glue stains at the corners of the sheet.

Matthew Imms
May 2010

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