Joseph Mallord William Turner

Derwentwater

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 74 × 94 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25578
Turner Bequest CCLXIV 28 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook inverted is a view of Derwentwater made across two sketchbook pages (continued on folio 29, D25579). Turner stands near the landing stages at the north-eastern end of the lake, hence the presence of moored sailing boats on the current page. Friars Crag can be seen on folio 29. Strangely, there is no sign of Derwent Island; Turner must have either stood too close to it, or even on it to miss it out of the picture, unless he chose not to include it. The hills beyond the lake on this page are the Derwent Fells, with Castlerigg on folio 29.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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