Joseph Mallord William Turner

Plompton Rocks

1797

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 259 x 423 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02392
Turner Bequest LI Y

Display caption

During his visit to Harewood House in 1797 Turner spent time exploring the surrounding estate, including Plompton Rocks, which lie between Harrogate and Knaresborough. These sketches relate to two oil paintings Turner completed in the late spring of 1798, and which are on display downstairs in Room T1. Of these two studies, only the partly-coloured view from the north was eventually worked up in oils. It is painted on a sheet of paper with a French watermark, quite unlike most of the other Harewood sketches, which are on Whatman paper. It may be that Turner had exhausted the supplies he brought with him and was given the more exotic supplies by Lascelles.

Gallery label, September 2004

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