Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Estuary of the Mawddach near Barmouth

1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 229 x 332 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01289
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 37

Catalogue entry

The identification of the subject is due to the late British Museum curator Edward Croft-Murray. It has not proved possible to confirm this suggestion, but it seems plausible. Although Edward Lascelles, of Harewood in Yorkshire (see the ‘North of England 1797–1801’ section of this catalogue), apparently commissioned a watercolour of the subject (see the inscription on the verso), no finished work survives.
Technical notes:
There are paint smears from folio 52 recto (D01349; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 95) along lower the edge of the drawing.
Verso:
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Honble Mr Lacelles’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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