Joseph Mallord William Turner

Southern End of Derwentwater with Lodore

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: 114 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25798
Turner Bequest CCLXVI 19 a

Catalogue entry

David Hill recognised this view of Derwentwater, continued on folio 20 (D25799), as one that Turner had sketched in watercolour on a previous visit to the Lake District (Tate D01084; Turner Bequest XXXV 82).1 The viewpoint is from somewhere around Calf Close Bay on the east side of the lake, and looks south towards Lodore at the left and the Derwent Fells to the right (folio 20). A watercolour that Turner made to be engraved for the England and Wales series, Keswick Lake, Cumberland circa 1835 (British Museum),2 though not closely based on this sketch, shows a similar view of Lodore. Turner also painted a similar view of Keswick Lake 1831–2 (Tate D27698; Turner Bequest CCLXXX 181) to be engraved as a vignette illustration to Rogers’s Poems.
This is one of several sketches of Derwentwater in this sketchbook made from around this point. See also folios 18 verso–22 (D25796–D25803). These sketches have sometimes been mistaken for views of Ullswater.3

Thomas Ardill
May 2010

1
Hill 1996, p.193.
2
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, pp.401–2 no.402.
3
Finberg 1909, II, 854; Butlin, Wilton and Gage 1974, p.123.

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