Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hardraw Force

1816

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 173 x 260 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11570
Turner Bequest CXLVIII 28 a

Catalogue entry

Hardraw Force is near Hawes in Wensleydale. This is the left page of a double-page spread continued to the right on folio 30 recto (D11548; Turner Bequest CXLVIII 15a, now bound opposite), depicting the falls from a more distant viewpoint than a more detailed sketch of the subject on folio 30 verso (D11547; Turner Bequest CXLVIII 15). The present writer dates Turner’s sketches at Hardraw to Sunday 28 July 1816. The present example formed the basis of a studio colour study (Tate D25492; Turner Bequest CCXLIII 369) and thence for a finished watercolour, Hardraw Fall (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge),1 painted about 1816–17 for Thomas Dunham Whitaker’s projected General History of the County of York (see sketchbook introduction) and engraved by Samuel Middiman in 1818 for the completed part, History of Richmondshire.

David Hill
May 2009

1
Wilton 1979, no.574

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