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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 274 x 370 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01039
Turner Bequest XXXV 37

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the page turned horizontally, this is the first of a sequence of seven consecutive views of Ullswater in this book, taken along the western shore of the lake, to which Turner scholar David Hill adds the study on folio 27 recto (D01080; Turner Bequest XXXV 78), identified by him as showing Aira Force.
The view is taken looking south from the shore near Stybarrow Crag, towards the head of the lake, with Patterdale beyond. The hill in the distance has been identified by mountaineer and art historian Peter Bicknell1 as John Bell’s Banner; Hill says it is Hartsop Dodd, which is further to the west. Turner’s inscription suggests that he mistook this hill for Helvellyn, which is not visible from his vantage point here.
1
Oral communication.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed by A.J. Finberg in pencil ‘141.37’.

Andrew Wilton
August 2010

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