Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rain over Dartmoor

1814

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 90 x 152 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09638
Turner Bequest CXXXII 131 a

Catalogue entry

Finberg’s tentative reading of Turner’s inscription as ‘Travellers sheltering themselves with Turf’1 seems plausible; the rather hasty note is in place of any visual representation of figures, and the strokes at the top left presumably indicate oncoming heavy rain. Perhaps Turner himself sought protection beside or under a stack of cut peat turfs.2
For other definite or likely Dartmoor views, see under folio 8 recto (D09489).

Matthew Imms
June 2014

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.375.
2
See ‘Dartmoor Peat’, Legendary Dartmoor, accessed 17 June 2014, http://www.legendarydartmoor.co.uk/peat_moor.htm.

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