Joseph Mallord William Turner

West Burton Falls, Wensleydale

1816

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 125 x 206 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11456
Turner Bequest CXLVII 9

Catalogue entry

West Burton is about a mile south of Aysgarth, on Walden Beck, a tributary of the River Ure. A particular characteristic of the fall is the way in which in normal conditions the stream of water fans out into a transparent veil, through which can be seen the rocks behind, exactly as recorded by Turner.
Other sketches at West Burton occur in the Yorkshire 2 sketchbook (Tate D11276, D11275D11274; Turner Bequest CXLV 138a, 138, 137a; drawn in this order), which Turner carried with him on the same tour.
Verso:
Blank

David Hill
February 2009

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