Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mayburgh Henge and Beacon Hill, Penrith


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 74 x 94 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXIV 31 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned to the right are two sketches, one of a landscape inscribed ‘garden’ and the other of a hill. These somewhat resemble sketches in the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border sketchbook made at Mayburgh Henge at Eamont Bridge, Penrith. The top sketch could therefore depict the standing stone with the circular earthwork indicated by the curved line at the right of the sketch. See D25812–D25813 (Turner Bequest CCLXVI 26a–27) for comparison.
The sketch beneath depicts a hill with a dark shape on top that resembles Beacon Hill with Penrith Beacon at its summit. The hill is seen in the background of several of the Mayburgh sketches in the Minstrelsy book including the one cited above. There is also a labelled sketch of the hill: Tate 25814 (Turner Bequest CCLXVI 27a).
With the sketchbook in its usual ‘landscape’ orientation is a very slight sketch of the outline of hills which continued on folio 32 (D25585).

Thomas Ardill
May 2010

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