Joseph Mallord William Turner

View on Otley Chevin, with Sportsmen and Beaters

c.1812–13

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 110 x 178 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09124
Turner Bequest CXXIX 48

Catalogue entry

This sketch records the view looking along Otley Chevin from under Caley Crags. It is taken from a similar angle, but a lower viewpoint, to a sketch made c.1818 in the Farnley sketchbook (Tate D12009–D12010; Turner Bequest CLIII 9a–10). The figures suggest the theme of the finished watercolour of Woodcock Shooting on the Chevin (Wallace Collection, London)1 based on the previous sketch in the present sketchbook, folio 47 recto (D09123), although the poses are completely reworked in the watercolour. The pose of the principal figure is studied more closely in the following sketch, folio 49 recto (D09125). The principal figure in the watercolour of Woodcock Shooting was identified as ‘Sir Henry’ (evidently a mistake for Sir William) Pilkington in the catalogue of Christie’s sale, 30 April 1863, lot 271.2 Sir William, of Chevet Hall, Wakefield, commissioned the watercolour.
1
Wilton 1979, p.361 no. 534, as ‘Woodcock shooting on the Chiver’.
2
‘Sir H. Pilkington’ is also given by Andrew Wilton, ibid.
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David Hill
October 2008

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