Joseph Mallord William Turner

High Force, River Tees: Distant View

1816

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 173 x 260 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11532
Turner Bequest CXLVIII 7 a

Catalogue entry

This distant view of High Force is taken from the right bank of the River Tees. It formed the basis of a studio watercolour of Fall of the Tees, Yorkshire (Indianapolis Museum of Art),1 which was presumably planned to illustrate Thomas Dunham Whitaker’s proposed seven-volume General History of the County of York (see sketchbook introduction). In the event, however, the watercolour was not painted until about 1825 and was engraved by Edward Goodall in 1827 for Turner’s series of Picturesque View in England and Wales. The present writer has dated Turner’s sketches at High Force to Saturday 3 August 1816.

David Hill
May 2009

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.392 no.790.

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