Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dudley: ?A Quarry and Woods, Probably on Wren’s Nest Hill

1830

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 110 × 68 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22420
Turner Bequest CCXL 51 a

Catalogue entry

This page of slight sketches, made with the page turned vertically, appears to show two or three aspects of a wooded hillside, rather than Finberg’s suggested ‘studies of skies’;1 the arch form towards the bottom is perhaps the entrance to a mine tunnel, perhaps indicating limestone workings on Wren’s Nest Hill, north of Dudley.
The sketches between folios 50 recto and 54 recto (D22417–D22425) all seem to be of or looking from the hill. Compare the sequence in the contemporary Kenilworth sketchbook (Tate D22085–D22090; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 57–59a). For other views of Dudley, see under folio 39 recto (D22395).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

1
Finberg 1909, II, p.740.

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