Joseph Mallord William Turner

St John’s-in-the-Vale, Cumbria

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: 94 × 74 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25580
Turner Bequest CCLXIV 29 a

Catalogue entry

Turner’s inscription tells us that this rough little sketch, made with the book turned to the right, is of St John’s-in-the-Vale, a valley east of Derwentwater and north of Thirlwater (though the reservoir had not yet been created) that Turner passed on his journey to Penrith. The valley lies between Low and High Rigg and Clough Head. Turner had sketched the valley over thirty years before in the Tweed and Lakes sketchbook (Tate D01034; Turner Bequest XXXV 32). He made another sketch on this tour in the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border sketchbook (Tate D25819; Turner Bequest CCLXVI 30).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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