Joseph Mallord William Turner

Richmond from the North-East


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 173 × 260 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXLVIII 11

Catalogue entry

This is the right part of a double-page spread continued from folio 21 verso (D11538; Turner Bequest CXLVIII 10a, now bound opposite), recording the view from the left bank of the River Swale, looking upstream to Richmond Mill and Castle to the left with, on this page, St Mary’s Church, with Greyfriars Tower beyond. Dated by the present writer to Wednesday 31 July 1816, the sketch formed the basis of a studio watercolour, Richmond, Yorkshire (Victoria and Albert Museum, London),1 painted about 1816–17 for Thomas Dunham Whitaker’s projected General History of the County of York (see sketchbook introduction) and engraved by W.R. Smith in 1819 for the completed part, History of Richmondshire.
The inscribed numbers ‘187B’ and ‘188’ appear connected with the early exhibition of the drawing of Richmond from the west on the verso (D11540; Turner Bequest CXLVIII 11a), but apparently not with display at Oxford where it had a different number (158) as recorded by Finberg.

David Hill
May 2009

Wilton 1979, no.559

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