Joseph Mallord William Turner

Whitbarrow Scar, Looking North-East

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
D11507
Turner Bequest CXLVII 39 a

Catalogue entry

Here, Turner records the view from above Whitbarrow Lodge, north-east along the escarpment of Whitbarrow Scar towards the distant Howgill Fells. Above, the prospect is continued to the right (east) to include the view across the Kent Estuary towards Heversham. There are a few lines progressing the main sketch to the right on folio 40 recto opposite (D11508). Levens Hall is visible in this area and Turner has drawn a detail (possibly observed with a telescope?) in the left centre of the page.
The previous double-spread (folios 38 verso–39 recto; D11505–D11506) is taken from the same viewpoint, but looking in the opposite direction.

David Hill
February 2009

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