Joseph Mallord William Turner

View over the Bend of a River, with Distant Hills: ?The Tees with the Cleveland Hills

1801

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 × 162 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02480
Turner Bequest LIII 14

Catalogue entry

Made with the page turned horizontally, this view is presumably somewhere on Turner’s route between Whitby and Durham, seen of earlier and later pages respectively. The broad sandflats in the left foreground may indicate a point near the mouth of the Tees, looking south towards the Cleveland Hills. Gerald Wilkinson detected snow on these hills, and was inclined to allot the book to a different, spring tour;1 but snow is not apparent to this compiler, and the drawing seems to show a summer view, with trees in full leaf in the foreground.
For other watercolour studies in this sketchbook, see under folio 5 recto (D02468).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
See Wilkinson 1972, p.109.

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