Joseph Mallord William Turner

Southern End of Derwentwater with Lodore Falls Hotel


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Graphite on paper
Support: 114 x 187 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXVI 18 a

Catalogue entry

This detailed and carefully drawn sketch, continued on folio 19 (D25797), is a view of the southern end of Derwentwater from around Calf Close Bay. At the centre of the present page is the Lodore Falls Hotel with Brown Dodd above it. The lake and the Derwent Fells to the south-west are on folio 19 with part of Calf Close Bay in the foreground. The sketch on folios 19 verso–20 is similar to the present view, though made from further south.
Further views of Derwentwater are on folios 19 verso–22 (D25798–D25803). These sketches were mis-identified by Finberg as Ullswater.1 This has led to the assumption that they inspired the Ullswater design for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales: Ullswater, Cumberland circa 1833 (watercolour, Brian Pilkinton, London).2 Andrew Wilton, however, pointed out in his catalogue of Turner’s watercolours that the design is more likely to relate to sketches made in 1797.3

Thomas Ardill
May 2010

Finberg 1909, II, p.854.
Butlin, Wilton and Gage 1974, p.123 under cat.428.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.400 no.860.

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