Joseph Mallord William Turner

Plompton Rocks from the North

1816

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 97 x 154 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10875
Turner Bequest CXLIV 4 a

Catalogue entry

This forms the left half of a two-page panorama continued to the right on folio 5 (D10876), opposite, recording the view looking south from the head of the lake at Plompton Rocks. Turner recorded almost exactly the same view in a sketch made in 1797 (Tate D17202; Turner Bequest CXCVII L), which provided the basis for an oil painting, Plompton Rocks (Harewood House)1 painted 1797–8 for Harewood.
For Plompton Rocks in this sketchbook see folio 3 verso (D10873).

David Hill
January 2009

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.22 no.27 (pl.25).

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