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Continuing from folio 35 verso (D25830) is the view of the rivers Greta and Tees with Mortham Tower that Turner used as the foundation of his frontispiece design for volume 9 of Sir Walter Scott’s Poetical Works: Junction of the Greta and the Tees circa 1832 (watercolour, whereabouts unknown).1 The present page shows the view west along the length of the Tees, from a point on the north bank opposite the junction with the Greta.
At the outer edge of the page, drawn with the sketchbook turned to the left, is the sketch that formed the basis of Turner’s rendering of Mortham Tower in the Scott illustration. The view was made from the same position as the main sketch to the north.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.429 no.1086.
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