Joseph Mallord William Turner

Longthwaite Bridge, Borrowdale

1797

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 274 × 370 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01090
Turner Bequest XXXV 88

Catalogue entry

Turner scholar David Hill suggests that this leaf belongs immediately after folio 32 recto (D01024; Turner Bequest 22). Drawn with the page turned horizontally, it records the southernmost point of Turner’s excursion from Keswick to Borrowdale. A finished watercolour of this subject was made presumably for ‘Mr Knowles’ as recorded on the verso; it was subsequently in the collection of Lord Joicey, and now in an American private collection, much faded.1 Two smaller versions of the subject are known. The artist’s reliance on the drawing for these various watercolours perhaps explains its present battered condition.
1
Not in Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979; see Hill 1996, pl.161 (colour).
Technical notes:
The leaf is stained, creased and torn.
Verso:
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Mr Knowles’; stained with red chalk; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
August 2010

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