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.
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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- River Tees(52)