Joseph Mallord William Turner

The River Tees from Wycliffe

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
D11485
Turner Bequest CXLVII 28

Catalogue entry

Turner’s sketch is taken from the terrace of Wycliffe Hall (for which see notes to folio 26 recto; D11482), looking downstream on the River Tees. Turner continued the sketch to the right, to include part of the house, on folio 29 recto (D11487). A similar view was recorded in 1805 by John Sell Cotman, in a watercolour usually called On the Tees, near Rockliffe (Victoria and Albert Museum, London).1 Turner also sketched the view upstream from Wycliffe in the Yorkshire 2 sketchbook (Tate D11210; Turner Bequest CXLV 104a). The present writer has dated Turner’s sketches in the Wycliffe area to Thursday 1 August 1816.

David Hill
February 2009

1
See David Hill, Cotman in the North, 2005, pp.127 (where reproduced), 128, re-identified as Wycliffe. Cotman’s view takes in less at the right. The difference in emphasis is striking, Cotman exaggerating the horizontal axis, and Turner the vertical.

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