Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Entrance of Wensleydale from near Middleham Bridge, with a Detail of the Keep of Knaresborough Castle


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 154 × 97 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXLIV 49

Catalogue entry

This is the right half of a double-page spread continued from folio 48 verso (D10956), opposite, recording a view from near Middleham Bridge to the north-west of Middleham, close to the viewpoint of the following double-page spread running from the verso to folio 50 (D10959–D10960), but here looking in the opposite direction west towards Upper Wensleydale.
Turner used the top of this page to record a detail of the keep of Knaresborough Castle. Knaresborough is some distance south of Middleham, and is the subject of several scattered sketches in the present sketchbook, including two of the south aspect as here, folios 56 verso and 57 (D10972, D10973), that appear to have been made on Turner’s return journey to Farnley Hall (see Introduction to the sketchbook). The present sketch was presumably made to fill up a blank space on the page, and some few days after the sketch at Middleham.
For Middleham in this sketchbook see folio 47 verso (D10954).
See Introduction and Technical notes to this sketchbook for the change of ink colour, apparently from blue to red, in the numbering of this page.

David Hill
January 2009

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