Joseph Mallord William TurnerThe River Dee at Corwen 1808

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The River Dee at Corwen
From Tabley No.2 Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CIV
Date 1808
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 98 x 162 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CIV 45 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 46 Verso:
The River Dee at Corwen 1808
Turner Bequest CIV 45a
Pencil on white laid paper, 98 x 162 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This subject, drawn with the sketchbook inverted, is continued on folio 47 (D06917; Turner Bequest CIV 46). See Introduction to the sketchbook for Turner’s trip into North Wales from Tabley in 1808 and folio 29 verso (D06893; Turner Bequest CIV 28a) for a drawing related to the picture Trout Fishing in the Dee, Corwen Bridge and Cottage (Taft Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio)1 perhaps begun back at Tabley.
In this and another sketch on folios 45 verso (D06914; Turner Bequest CIV 44a) the viewpoint is from closer to the bridge and cattle are more prominent in the foreground than in 28 verso or in the picture.

David Blayney Brown
May 2010

Butlin and Joll 1984, p.68 no.92 (pl.102).

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