Joseph Mallord William Turner

View across a River towards Houses under a Wooded Hill

1798

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 170 × 266 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01458
Turner Bequest XXXIX 94

Catalogue entry

Finberg listed this subject, drawn with the page turned horizontally, as ‘Near Llanberis’,1 but it is more probably a view on the River Conwy. However, it may belong much later in the sequence and show a scene on the Dee.
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.92.
Technical notes:
There is staining to the sky from the window of an acidic National Gallery mount. About 20 mm has been irregularly trimmed from the top edge of the drawing, and made good to reattach it at the gutter; the lower left and upper right corners were also torn away and have been made up. In 1909 Finberg recorded ‘Two leaves torn out’ after folio 33 (D01388), and suggested one of them was the present page.1
1
Ibid., p.90; see also p.92.
Verso:
Blank; slight greenish-brown paint smears; inscribed in pencil in a later hand ‘65’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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