Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The Valley of the West Lyn River near Lynton

1811

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 200 × 324 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08961
Turner Bequest CXXVI 15

Catalogue entry

The subject is unconfirmed, but is probably the valley of the River West Lyn, looking inland to the south along the Barbrook road south of Lynton and Lynmouth, from about the viewpoint of the sketches of these villages in the opposite direction on D08962 and D08963 (CXXVI 16, 17). There appear to be pack animals in the foreground. The valley is now heavily wooded, but Thomas Hewitt Williams’s 1802 etching Lynton Church, from Lynmouth (Westcountry Studies Library, Exeter), shows the steep, rocky valley from further back and can be compared with Turner’s sketch.
For other views of Lynton and Lynmouth see under D08948 (CXXVI 3).
Technical notes:
There are five sets of stitch holes near the left-hand edge.
Verso:
Blank. There is some brown staining.

Matthew Imms
January 2011

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