Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Mountain Valley, Probably in the Lake District

?1809

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 125 x 201 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09016
Turner Bequest CXXVII 37

Catalogue entry

The specific view is unidentified, but the mountainous landscape appears characteristic of the Lake District, in what is now Cumbria. Views of Millom Castle, Cumbria, elsewhere in this sketchbook are datable to 1809 (see under D08975; CXXVII 9); assuming the identification is correct, the present study would presumably have been made on the same tour.
For other identified or likely Cumbrian subjects, see under D08965 (CXXVII 1).
Technical notes:
This is one of a few single leaves which, with a greater number of loose bifolio sheets, constitute the so-called Sandycombe and Yorkshire sketchbook. The folded sheets were not bound, but placed inside each other in a sequence which is not entirely recoverable (see the sketchbook’s Introduction for a suggested order).
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
January 2012

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