Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin View along the Valley of a River towards Distant Hills c.1796

Artwork details

Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
View along the Valley of a River towards Distant Hills
Date c.1796
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 170 x 230 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIX 4
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Catalogue entry

Probably commissioned by Dr Thomas Monro
Monro’s posthumous sale, Christie’s, London, 26–28 June and 1–2 July 1833 (day and lot number not known)
Bought by or on behalf of Turner
This was presumably copied from a view by another artist, possibly Edward Dayes (1763–1804); see the very similar drawing, Tate D36544 (Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 23). The exact viewpoint has not been identified. The inscription on the verso suggests that this is a scene in north Lancashire or southern Westmorland (now Cumbria). Penny Bridge is a village between Ulverston and Coniston.
Blank; stained and discoloured with fragments of paper glued to the corners; inscribed, apparently by Thomas Girtin, in pencil ‘from Penny Bridge [?Lancashire]’; inscribed in a later hand ‘42’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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