Joseph Mallord William Turner

On the River Washburn below Folly Hall, Looking to Dob Park Castle

c.1816

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 285 x 460 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09057
Turner Bequest CXXVIII 41

Catalogue entry

Finberg’s 1909 title is slightly misleading. The distant building is the ruin of Dob Park Lodge, a hunting lodge dating from the early seventeenth century. Turner’s viewpoint is on the left bank of the River Washburn a short way below the ancient manor house called Folly Hall, but that is out of the field of view to the left.
The sketch served as the basis of a studio watercolour, On the Washburn, under Folly Hall (British Museum, London)1 painted for Sir William Pilkington of Stanley Chevet near Wakefield.
1
Wilton 1979, p.361 no.538
Technical notes:
A copy of Finberg’s Inventory now in Tate’s Library contains handwritten annotations by the author noting that this drawing was damaged when the Tate Gallery was flooded in 1928.1 Moreover, there is conspicuous fading at the centre of the sheet, probably the result of exposure in the touring Second Loan Exhibition.2
1
Cited by Warrell 1991.
2
For the full tour see ibid.
Verso:
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David Hill
October 2009

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