Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketch Map of North-West and Central Yorkshire


Not on display
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Support: 149 x 93 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXLIX 1

Catalogue entry

This is the right half of a double-page spread, continued from the inside front cover (D40859), opposite, drawn with a sketch map of north-west and central Yorkshire. In ink and pencil Turner has marked ‘Burneston | Exilby’ (Burneston and Exelby, immediately east of Bedale and Snape Park), top left; in pencil ‘Aysgarth’, ‘Kettlewell’ ‘Bolton Hall’, ‘Wensley’, ‘Middleham’, ‘Cover Abby and vale’, and south west of there ‘?L...(illegible, but the road from here runs over to Kettlewell), ‘Newton (Newton le Willows), ‘Thornton | Steward’, ‘Bedale’, ‘Snape Pk’, on the lower part of the map, and ‘Kettlewell’, ‘Coniston’, ‘Linton’, ‘Burnsall’ ‘Bardon’ and ‘Tower’ on the map of top and central Wharfedale towards the top of the page, reading from north to south.
Turner sketched at Middleham and in Coverdale on a separate itinerary recorded in the Yorkshire 1 and Yorkshire 3 sketchbooks (Tate D10868–D11041; D40846–D40848; Turner Bequest CXLIV; Tate D11372–D11441; D40835–D40838; Turner Bequest CXLVI). He did not, however, visit the Upper Eden Valley or Upper Swaledale, although he did pass close to Wensley, Bedale, Burneston, Exelby, Thornton Steward, Norton and Snape Park. If he sketched the map as preparation for the tour of 1816, in the event he changed his plans.

David Hill
October 2008

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