Joseph Mallord William Turner

Falls of Clyde: Bonnington Linn

1834

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26279
Turner Bequest CCLXIX 11

Catalogue entry

Turner seems to have descended into the gorge and crossed to the south side of the water to make this sketch of the River Clyde from beneath Bonnington Linn. Looking up a sheer rock face at the right Turner has labelled different parts of it ‘w’, ‘n’ and ‘v’. ‘w’ is likely to stand for water, and may indicate the waterfall; ‘v’ may stand for water vapour, caused by the torrent of water splashing below. The meaning of ‘n’ has not been deciphered.
For further sketches of the Falls of Clyde see folio 1 verso (D26260).

Thomas Ardill
February 2011

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