Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cheddar Gorge: High Rock from Horseshoe Bend

1811

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 222 x 183 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41377
Turner Bequest CXXV b 4

Catalogue entry

This sketch appears to show High Rock to the south-west from the above the northern apex of Horseshoe Bend; the road leading through Cheddar Gorge is indicated below. There is a view from the road itself on folio 2 recto (D41375) and what seem to be further sketches from the north on folios 6 recto and 7 recto (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, although in the present case there is an anomaly, as the number has been trimmed and now appears to read ‘10’ rather than Finberg’s ‘8’.
1
A.J. Finberg, MS addenda, [circa 1928–39], tipped into a copy of his A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.I, opposite p.357, as CXXV(b) 8.
2
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 4.
Technical notes:
The sheet is wrinkled, possibly as a result of exposure to damp. There are glue stains at the corners, showing through from the verso.
Verso:
Blank, save for inscription by Edwin Fagg in pencil ‘211 | [?10]’ bottom left, descending vertically (partly trimmed). There are glue stains at the corners of the sheet.

Matthew Imms
May 2010

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