Joseph Mallord William Turner

Landscape Composition with a Tower among Hills beside a Lake

c.1797–8

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 422 × 547 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40190

Catalogue entry

This is a summary pencil sketch, which Turner scholar David Hill has suggested may show Ellerton Priory on the River Swale a few miles west of Richmond. It seems to relate to the watercolour formerly known as ‘Norham Castle, on the Tweed’ in the Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester (D.20.1904).1
There is a watercolour study of Richmond, Yorkshire, on the recto (D01116; Turner Bequest XXXVI V). The present drawing was not recorded in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory.2
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, pp.330–1 no.277, reproduced.
2
See A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.79.
Technical notes:
There is a purplish grey stain along the left and bottom left edges of the sheet.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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