Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The Wharfe Valley near Barden Tower

1816

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 179 x 254 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09796
Turner Bequest CXXXIV 7

Catalogue entry

Folios 19 recto, 20 recto and 21 recto (D09861, D09862, D09880; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 60, 61, 77) are variations on a view north-west up the narrow Wharfe Valley to Barden Tower near Bolton Abbey; all three of those sketches show the tower as the focal point in the distance, flanked by carefully drawn trees in the foreground. In this case the juxtaposition of trees with a distant valley is similar, albeit without the tower, so the subject remains unconfirmed.
For other views of the tower see under folio 15 verso (D09860; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 59a).
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Matthew Imms
July 2014

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