Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Banks of the Tilt at Blair Atholl

1801

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 × 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03143
Turner Bequest LVI 117 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the pages turned horizontally, the subject is continued on folio 120 recto opposite (D03144; Turner Bequest LVI 118). It is one of a series of studies on the banks of the Rivers Garry and Tilt at Blair Atholl; see under folio 118 verso (D03141; Turner Bequest LVI 116a).
Turner scholar C.F. Bell considered this the principal source for the 1811 Liber Studiorum engraving Near Blair Athol Scotland (see the watercolour design, Tate D08134; Turner Bequest CXVII G; and Tate impressions A00970–A00971),1 but there seems to be no strong evidence for this.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Undated MS note by C.F. Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.148.

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