Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Junction of the Rivers Greta and Tees at Rokeby

1816

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 173 x 260 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11572
Turner Bequest CXLVIII 29 a

Catalogue entry

This view is taken from the right bank of the River Greta, seen flowing in from the left, near its junction with the River Tees running to the right, and looks towards Rokeby Hall, hidden by the trees in the middle distance. It is sketched with unusual brevity for such a subject and by comparison with other drawings in this sketchbook, leading the present writer to suggest that it was raining when Turner visited the junction of the rivers on Wednesday 31 July 1816. Nonetheless, the sketch served as the basis of a studio watercolour, Junction of the Greta and Tees at Rokeby (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford),1 painted about 1816–17 for Thomas Dunham Whitaker’s projected General History of the County of York (see sketchbook introduction) and engraved by John Pye in 1819 for the completed part, History of Richmondshire.

David Hill
May 2009

1
Wilton 1979, no.566

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