Joseph Mallord William Turner

The River Greta, Looking Downstream from near Brignall Church

1816

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 125 x 206 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11486
Turner Bequest CXLVII 28 a

Catalogue entry

In this sketch Turner records the view down the River Greta from near Brignall Church. In his work around Brignall in 1816 Turner was almost certainly influenced by Sir Walter Scott’s poem Rokeby published in 1813. Scott sings ‘O Brignall Banks are wild and fair | And Greta woods are green’, and this sketch is (unusually for this tour) focused exclusively on natural features. Turner sketched the same material from a higher viewpoint in the Yorkshire 5 sketchbook (Tate D11566; Turner Bequest TB CXLVIII 26a), which accompanied him on the same tour. The present writer has dated Turner’s sketches at Brignall to Thursday 1 August 1816.

David Hill
February 2009

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