Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rhymer’s Glen, Abbotsford

1834

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 × 181 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26194
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 51

Catalogue entry

While this rather slight sketch of Rhymer’s Glen on the Abbotsford estate contains no distinguishing features, the wooded bank of trees and the stream in the foreground are common to the other views of the glen, including the sketch opposite on folio 50 verso (D26193), which is the one that comes closest to Turner’s watercolour vignette of the subject: Rhymer’s Glen, Abbotsford, circa 1834 (National Gallery of Scotland).1 See folio 50 verso for more information on Turner’s visit to the glen and his other sketches of the area.
There are light brown stains at the top centre and bottom centre of the page.

Thomas Ardill
January 2011

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.432 under cat.1119.

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