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 × 260 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXLVIII 5 a

Catalogue entry

This is the left half of a double-page spread continued to the right on folio 5 recto (D11521; Turner Bequest CXLVIII 3, 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). Elsewhere in the present sketchbook Turner drew a similar view of the Lune Valley hills, from the south and slightly further to the left on folio 2 verso (D11520; Turner Bequest CXLVIII 2a). 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 D11529 (Turner Bequest CXLVIII 6, now bound as folio 15 recto), 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, lot12; 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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