Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cock Lake in the Lune Forest, near Middleton in Teesdale

1817

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 116 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D12358
Turner Bequest CLVII 29

Catalogue entry

This one of a sequence of mostly unidentified landscape sketches running from folio 27 verso (D12355) to folio 33 recto (D12366), with a further two on folio 50 recto (D12384) and folios 51 verso–52 recto (D12386, D12387). As discussed in the entry for folio 27 verso, they are all likely to show scenes on the moors and hills around Bowes, south-west of Barnard Castle.
The slope in the middle distance is labelled ‘Cock Lake’, indicating a hill among the moors of the so-called Lune Forest about ten miles to the north-west of Bowes. The present page shows half of a panoramic view running onto folio 28 verso opposite (D12357), where the valley may be that of the River Lune (not to be confused with the longer river in Lancashire and Cumbria).
Technical notes:
A short tear to the right-hand edge has been repaired from the verso (D12359).

Matthew Imms
February 2010

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