Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Skiddaw from Keswick

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 74 × 94 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25575
Turner Bequest CCLXIV 27

Catalogue entry

This page may show the view of Skiddaw from Keswick, or it might portray a view from somewhere just above Keswick such as Castle Rigg. Skiddaw is identifiable by the distinctive shape of its summit. The sketch continues on folio 26 verso (D25574) where it looks towards Lake Bassenthwaite. At the bottom of the present page with the sketchbook inverted is another small sketch of a mountain top.
A sketch of Skiddaw from Bassenthwaite on folio 44 verso (D25610) of this sketchbook was used by Turner as the basis of his design for the frontispiece of The Bridal of Triermain, volume 11 of Scott’s Poetical Works.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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