Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Valley of the River Wharfe from Caley Crags, with Almscliff Crag and Pool Bridge in the Distance


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Support: 111 × 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLIII 12

Catalogue entry

This is the right part of a double-page spread continued from D12013; Turner Bequest CLIII 11a, opposite, recording the view from Caley Crags looking north-east across the Wharfe Valley, with Almscliff Crag in the left distance, the junction of the Rivers Wharfe and Washburn below, with Leathley Church to the left, and to the right Pool Bridge over the Wharfe, and below the crags, slightly to the right, the roof of Caley Hall. Turner sketched the same material from a slightly lower viewpoint on the following pages (D12015–D12016; Turner Bequest CLIII 12a–13). The sketch informed a watercolour, View across the Wharfe, from Caley Park (private collection)1 painted for Walter Fawkes of Farnley Hall about 1818. See notes to D12013 for comment, and for Caley Crags in this sketchbook.
The inscription ‘Gosforth’ does not appear to be in Turner’s hand, and is probably by the same hand as the inscription on D11996; Turner Bequest CLIII 1. Walter Fawkes’s sister, Frances Elizabeth, was married to Charles John Brandling of Gosforth Park, near Newcastle, and it may be that the inscription denotes the intended destination of the finished watercolour. In the event it seems to have taken its place in the Farnley collection.

David Hill
June 2009

Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.371 no.618.

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