Joseph Mallord William Turner

A West Country Valley with Buildings on a Hillside in the Distance

1811

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 75 × 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08804
Turner Bequest CXXIII 249

Catalogue entry

Various points on the valley floor are marked ‘water’ or ‘w’. Receding in the immediate foreground is probably the road noted by Finberg, although it is unclear where it continues within the various features in the landscape. There are buildings up the hill to the left, and possibly another towards the top right, but the view has not been identified. Given that it is drawn towards the end of the sketchbook, the scene was perhaps observed towards the conclusion of Turner’s West Country tour, although its relative position is no guarantee of this given Turner’s sometimes random use of the pages in this book.
The views on folio 251 verso opposite (D08803; CXXIII 248a), particularly the upper one, may show other aspects of the same locality.

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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