Joseph Mallord William Turner

Kirkby Lonsdale


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 387 × 485 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXCVI V

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Turner visited Yorkshire in 1816. This
was partly in response to a commission from an antiquarian and clergyman named Dr T D Whittaker. He asked
Turner to make a series of designs
to illustrate his topographical volume
The History of Richmondshire.


Dr Whittaker chose several views for Turner to include. This one shows the valley of the River Lune from Kirkby Lonsdale churchyard. The study does
not hint at the foreground detail introduced into the finished watercolour: a group of boys playing in the graveyard.


Gallery label, August 2004

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