Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Western Sky over Hawksworth Moor

c.1816–18

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 116 × 182 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11973
Turner Bequest CLI 18 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch records sunset effect in a dramatically clouded sky, probably as seen from the western end of Otley Chevin, from where there is a clear view looking west towards Hawksworth Moor. Otley Chevin looks out northwards over Wharfedale towards Farnley Hall the home of Turner’s Yorkshire patron, Walter Fawkes. The Aqueduct sketchbook has a similar study (Tate D40714; Turner Bequest CL inside back cover).
As a result of its exhibition at the National Gallery in 1858 the sheet is somewhat darkened by exposure to light, except for a narrow margin at the edges.

David Hill
September 2008

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