J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Valley 1808

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 59 Recto:
A Valley 1808
D17156
Turner Bequest CXCV(a) F / CVI 58a
Pencil on white wove paper, 108 x 185 mm
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘303’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXCV(a) F | CVI 58(a)’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Together with folio 60 (D17157), this leaf was shown in a frame of four ‘Studies in Italy’ in the touring Third Loan Collection 1 and listed by Finberg among ‘Miscellaneous Black and White’ drawings under CXCV(a). Both leaves were subsequently returned to the sketchbook as folios ‘58a and b’. This change is noted by Edward Croft-Murray in a pencil annotation to a copy of Finberg in the Tate Library; he adds ‘They are actually pp.59 & 60 of the original book’. They are discoloured from exposure. The subjects of a valley between trees are somewhat different in character and style from others in the book, and are not currently identified.

David Blayney Brown
July 2010

1
For the full tour of the Third Loan Collection, see Warrell 1991, p.46.

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘A Valley 1808 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2010, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-valley-r1129625, accessed 10 July 2014.