Joseph Mallord William Turner

General View of Moffat from the West, with Mountains beyond


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 184 x 114 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LVI 169 a

Catalogue entry

The subject is continued on folio 172 recto opposite (D03246; Turner Bequest LVI 170); another view of Moffat is on folios 172 verso–173 recto (D03247–D03248; Turner Bequest LVI 170a–171).
Moffat is some thirty miles south-east of Hamilton (see folios 170 verso–171 recto; D03243–D03244; Turner Bequest LVI 168a–169), and there are no drawings recording Turner’s journey between the two, which must have taken him along the valley of the Clyde, past the Tinto Hills and through the ranges of Annandale and Eskdale. He was evidently now in a hurry to conclude his itinerary, though subsequent pages show him stopping to note some minor ruins on the road to Gretna Green.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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