Joseph Mallord William Turner

The River Washburne, with Otley Chevin in the Distance

c.1817

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 129 × 205 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10396
Turner Bequest CXXXIX 35 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted and continued on folio 36 (D10397) this is a view of the Washburne looking towards Otley Chevin. It has been dated to perhaps 1817 by Hill, Warburton and Tussey who further suggest that the group of Wharfedale subjects numbered from here to the back of the book were made first, a year earlier than those at the front. See Introduction for the possibility that the folios have been numbered in reverse throughout the book, and, together with notes to folio 1 (D10343), for Turner’s visits to Walter Fawkes of Farnley Hall and his views of Wharfedale in this sketchbook.
Turner used this view for a watercolour for Fawkes (currently untraced).1

David Blayney Brown
May 2011

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.372 no.626.

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