Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Ravine of the River Esk near Whitby, at Twilight

1801

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 x 162 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02468
Turner Bequest LIII 5

Catalogue entry

Although the subject of this drawing is not documented, it is probably the dramatic ravine through which the North Yorkshire River Esk runs before it reaches Whitby and the North Sea. We are apparently looking away from the town towards a pale glow in the western sky. Whitby is the subject of drawings on the following six leaves, from folio 6 recto onwards (D02469).
This is the first of a small group of drawings in this sketchbook to which highly expressive watercolour washes have been added. Others are on folios 9 verso, 11 recto, 14 recto, 38 verso, 41 verso–42 recto, 97 recto and 98 recto (D02474, D02477, D02480, D02526, D02532–D02533, D02608, D02609).
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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