Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of Hills

1824

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 160 x 235 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20168
Turner Bequest CCXIX 7

Catalogue entry

Rendered in light and agile pencil line, this view shows the towering slopes of the Moselle valley. Turner’s inscription ‘?Preda’ may refer to the town of Breidel near Zell.
This drawing bears evidence of Turner’s technique of ‘rubbing out’ areas of watercolour to create highlights. He used soft materials such as blotting paper balled together, small chunks of stale bread, or a clean brush washed out with water to rub out pigment and reveal the whiteness of the support.1
1
Joyce H. Townsend in Evelyn Joll, Martin Butlin and Luke Herrmann (eds.), The Oxford Companion to J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 2001, p.285 entry under ‘Scratching Out’.
Verso:
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Alice Rylance-Watson
November 2013

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