Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rocky Cliffs with a Small Waterfall

1795

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 264 x 204 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00411
Turner Bequest XXIV 5

Catalogue entry

Finberg suggests that the subject may be St Giles’s Hill, from which a popular view of Winchester from the east was obtainable. St Giles’s Hill is now Telegraph or Magdalen Hill. However, the conformation of the rocks suggests a coastal cliff, and this may be a sketch made later in the tour, perhaps at Blackgang or in another of the dramatic chines along the south coast of the Isle of Wight (see folios 30 recto, 31 recto, 36 recto; D00437, D00438, D00443; Turner Bequest XXIV 29, 30, 35) on a leaf inadvertently left blank, rather than the record of an excursion to one of the hills outside Winchester, which would surely have resulted in at least one view of the city from above.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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