Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Woodland Road in Caley Park, Otley Chevin


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Support: 111 × 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLIII 8

Catalogue entry

This is the right part of a double-page spread continued from D12006; Turner Bequest CLIII 7a, opposite, and continued further right on D12008; Turner Bequest CLIII 9, following, recording a view along a woodland road running across a rocky ravine. This page served as the basis of a finished watercolour, West Gates to Caley Park, Otley Chevin (Bradford City Art Galleries)1 painted for Walter Fawkes of Farnley Hall about 1818. However, the gates are not indicated in the sketch. The inscribed number ‘4’ relates to the list of proposed staffage written on a preceding page (D11996; Turner Bequest CLIII 1): ‘4 a few Deer cantering off in the Distance – 2 Men on shooting ponies entering from gate with the Park Keeper on foot’. The present writer has suggested that Walter Fawkes might have made the note when commissioning the watercolour, and in this instance Turner fully complied with the suggestion. The watercolour is listed as ‘24 Park Gate’ in the list of watercolours in hand (or intended) on another page of this sketchbook (D12013; Turner Bequest CLIII 11a).
See notes to D12006 for connections with other watercolours mistakenly made by other scholars.
Wilton 1979, p.371 no.611 where called ‘Caley Park, Otley Chevin’.

David Hill
June 2009

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