Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mountains, Perhaps Around St Johns-In-the-Vale

1831

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 74 × 94 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25558
Turner Bequest CCLXIV 18 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook inverted are sketches of distant mountains. The drawing is too rough and there is too little detail to identify the location, but the Lake District is likely considering the shape and height of the peaks. A sketch on folio 19 (D25559) where the sketches continue slightly, is suggestive of St Johns-in-the-Vale, a valley that lies between high mountain ridges to the south-east of Keswick. It may be these ridges that are depicted on this page. See the sketches of St Johns-in-the-Vale in the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border sketchbook for comparison (Tate D25819; Turner Bequest CCLXVI 30)

Thomas Ardill
May 2010

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