Joseph Mallord William Turner

Richmond from the West


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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 12

Catalogue entry

This is the right part of a double-page spread continued from folio 22 verso (D11540; Turner Bequest CXLVIII 11a, now bound opposite), recording a distant view of Richmond from the west, high above the left bank of the River Swale, looking downstream to the town with beyond the plains of north Yorkshire stretching to the distant escarpment of the North Yorkshire Moors. The present writer has dated this sketch to Tuesday 30 July 1816. The direction of light on the castle keep indicates late afternoon. See notes to D11540 for a sketch, perhaps made the previous afternoon as Turner approached Richmond from Swaledale, in the Yorkshire 2 sketchbook (Tate D11231; Turner Bequest CXLV 115a), a related studio colour study (Tate D17204; Turner Bequest CXCVII N) and a finished watercolour of Richmond, Yorkshire (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)1 based on the present sketch.

David Hill
May 2009

Wilton 1979, p.394 no.808.

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