Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketch Map of Ennerdale and Surroundings, with Notes (Inscriptions by Turner)


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 116 x 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CX

Catalogue entry

The map shows a stretch of land south of Cockermouth including a rough outline of Ennerdale, and a route across country towards Cleator to Egremont, Whitehaven and St Bees. Various places of interest and scenic highlights are marked, not all legible or identifiable. Those that are, from left, are ‘St Bees’, ‘White’[haven], ‘Egremont’, ‘Cleator’, ‘Stock[how] Hall’, [Crossdale] ‘Beck’ and ‘Pardshaw’, and the mountains ‘Steeple’, ‘Pillar’, ‘High Style’[sic], ‘Gavel Fell’, ‘Blake Fell’, ‘Red Pike’ and ‘Murton’ [Fell]. An itinerary back south from Egremont is given on folio 1 (D07538).
For Ennerdale see for example folio 25 (D07566); Whitehaven, folio 39 (D07581); St Bees, folio 35 (D07577); and Egremont, folio 26 (D07567). Further drawings are in the Petworth sketchbook used on the same tour (Tate D07512–D07536; D40276; Turner Bequest CIX).

David Blayney Brown
August 2009

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