Joseph Mallord William Turner

View on the Dee, with Dinas Brân in the Distance

1798

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 229 x 332 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01312
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 58

Catalogue entry

As noted under folio 89 recto (D01311; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 57), Turner’s view of Llangollen for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales (private collection),1 engraved in 1837 (Tate impression: T04609), seems to have been composed from various sketches made on the spot. The turbulent river in the foreground of the watercolour was very likely based on details noted on this sheet. The touches of paint along the lower edge of the composition seem to have strayed from the fully coloured leaf immediately preceding, folio 90 recto (D01350; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 96).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.402 no.872, reproduced.
Technical notes:
There are smears of colour along the lower edge of the drawing.
Verso:
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Thos Jones Esqr | Landisilio’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.
Jones had presumably commissioned a watercolour based on the subject recorded on the recto of this leaf, though no such work is known. ‘Landisilio’ is evidently Llantisilio Hall, not far from Llangollen, the seat of Thomas Jones. He is not to be confused with the well-known eighteenth-century amateur artist (1742–1803), famous for his memoirs and plein-air views in Italy, whose seat was at Penkerrig, Powys.1

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
See Gage 1965, p.75 note 2.

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