Joseph Mallord William Turner

Kendal from the South


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 125 × 206 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXLVII 44

Catalogue entry

This sketch records Kendal from the Kirby Lonsdale road to the south, with the tower of the parish church in the centre, and the hills around the head of the River Kent (see folio 35 recto; D11498) in the far distance, and the remains of Kendal Castle on the hill to the right.
Turner sketched a similar view in the Yorkshire 2 sketchbook (Tate D11090–D11091; Turner Bequest CXLV 34a–35), on the same tour, and revisited the site in 1831 in the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border sketchbook (Tate D25788–D25789; Turner Bequest 14a–15). The last double-spread in the present sketchbook (Tate D11517–D40842; Turner Bequest CXLVII 44a–inside back cover) depicts the same aspect of Kendal from a nearer viewpoint.

David Hill
February 2009

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