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

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Valley 1808

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 60 Recto:
A Valley 1808
D17157
Turner Bequest CXCV(a) G / CVI 58b
Pencil on white wove paper, 108 x 185 mm
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘303’ bottom right and ‘60’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CXCV(a) G | CVI 58(b) bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
See notes to folio 59 recto and verso (D17156, D40625) for the restoration of this leaf to the sketchbook following return from the touring Third Loan Collection.1 D40625 has a slight sketch of trees, extending this view to the left. The paper is discoloured from exposure and the sketch faint and rubbed. The subject has some resemblance to Turner’s views of the Lune valley near Hornby Castle and Tatham bridge (for example Tate D11511; Turner Bequest CXLVII 41a), but this may be coincidental and there is no certain evidence that he visited the area in 1808.
1
For the full tour of the Third Loan Collection, see Warrell 1991, p.46.
Verso:
Blank; stamped ‘CXCV(a) G’ bottom left

David Blayney Brown
July 2010

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-r1129627, accessed 21 August 2014.