Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Outline of a Mountain

1799

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 79 x 130 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02073
Turner Bequest XLVI 51 a

Catalogue entry

This study, made with the page turned horizontally, and the equally rapid note on folio 52 verso (D02075) seem to be memoranda of the silhouette of part of the Snowdon massif, probably as seen from the north-west, on the path by which Turner ascended the mountain, as his note on folio 53 recto (D02076) records. It would be appropriate that he took this small book in his pocket when tackling the peak, though when he climbed Cader Idris in 1798 he used a considerably larger book, the Hereford Court sketchbook, to record what he saw on the way up (Tate D01324, D01326; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 70, 72).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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