Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ullswater: Looking through Trees towards the Head of the Lake

1797

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 274 × 370 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01040
Turner Bequest XXXV 38

Catalogue entry

The subject was drawn with the page turned horizontally. The viewpoint is near Stybarrow Crag; Place Fell can be glimpsed rising steeply to the left. This is one of the most romantic of Turner’s Lakeland drawings, although he never selected it for development as a watercolour. The elegantly articulated screen of trees partially obscures the view up the lake which he recorded carefully in other studies in this sequence; see folio 51 recto (D01039; Turner Bequest XXXV 37), and for another view of the lake through trees, folio 57 recto (D01045; Turner Bequest XXXV 43).
Technical notes:
There is a slight grey smear towards the upper right, offset onto folio 51 verso opposite (the back of D01039; Turner Bequest XXXV 37).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed by A.J. Finberg in pencil ‘141.38’. There are water stains.

Andrew Wilton
August 2010

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