Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Lune Valley from Kirkby Lonsdale Churchyard


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 173 x 260 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXLVIII 3

Catalogue entry

This is the right half of a double-page spread continued from folio 4 verso (D11528; Turner Bequest CXLVIII 5a, now bound opposite), recording the view from the churchyard of Kirkby Lonsdale Church, looking north and north-east up the Lune Valley. The sketch formed the basis of two colour studies (Tate D17187, D17186; Turner Bequest CXCVI W, V) and of a studio watercolour Kirkby Lonsdale Churchyard (on the London art market, 2012)1 engraved for Thomas Dunham Whitaker’s History of Richmondshire and published in 1822. Turner continued the panorama around to the right, to include a view of Ingleborough, in the Yorkshire 2 sketchbook (Tate D11125; Turner Bequest CXLV 58a). The present writer has dated Turner’s sketches of Kirkby Lonsdale to Friday 9 August and Saturday 10 August 1816.
Finberg wrongly associated this leaf with D11520 (Turner Bequest CXLVIII 2a, now bound as folio 2 verso) treating them as a double-page spread. This error had been corrected in a rebinding of the sketchbook before the present writer’s 1984 publication.2

David Hill
May 2009

Revised by David Blayney Brown
April 2013

Bonhams sale, London, 25 January 2012, lot 12; Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.366 no.578.
Hill 1984, pp.31, 92–4, 108, 127.

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