Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Waterfall among Wooded Rocks

1798

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 332 x 229 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01325
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 71

Catalogue entry

In 1909, Finberg considered that this leaf, then loose, should be page ‘48b’, following what is now folio 77 recto (D01301; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 48) in the sketchbook’s original order, and it has since been bound in at that point, although the page he less certainly proposed as ‘48a’ is now folio 70 recto (D01332; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 78);1 he suggested that the waterfall shown here is one of the group known as Conway Falls, two miles south of Betws-y-Coed. A study of wonderful freshness and verve, this drawing can be compared with Turner’s painstakingly exquisite drawing of Melincourt Fall in the South Wales sketchbook of 1795 (Tate D00560; Turner Bequest XXVI 8).
1
See Finberg 1909, I, pp.86, 87, 88.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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