Joseph Mallord William Turner

Semer Water, near Askrigg, Wensleydale

1816

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 125 x 206 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11446
Turner Bequest CXLVII 3

Catalogue entry

This is the right part of a double-page spread continued from folio 2 verso (D11445) opposite, recording the view from the Carlow Stone at the lake foot looking south-west towards Raydale. The drawing was the basis of a studio watercolour Simmer Lake, near Askrigg (British Museum, London)1 engraved by Henry Le Keux for Thomas Dunham Whitaker’s History of Richmondshire, part of the projected General History of the County of York (see Introduction to the sketchbook) and published in 1822. The present writer has dated Turner’s sketches of Semer Water to Friday 26 July 1816.

David Hill
February 2009

1
Wilton 1979, p.365 no.571.

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