Joseph Mallord William Turner

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

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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
D25559
Turner Bequest CCLXIV 19

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook turned in various directions are rough, rapidly executed, sketches of mountains, probably made on-the-move. The sketch made at the fore-edge of the page with the book turned to the left shows a valley with ruins in the foreground. This is somewhat reminiscent of St Johns-in-the-Vale as depicted on folio 29 verso (D25580) and in the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border sketchbook (Tate D25819; Turner Bequest CCLXVI 30). The mountains sketched on this page and folio 18 verso (D25558) may therefore be the ridges that flank the vale to the west and east which include Helvellyn.

Thomas Ardill
May 2010

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