Joseph Mallord William Turner

Views from Mayburgh Henge, Eamont Bridge, Penrith

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25814
Turner Bequest CCLXVI 27 a

Catalogue entry

Across this page are views taken from Mayburgh Henge. At the top of the page, continued slightly to folio 28 (D25815), and in the centre of the page are two almost identical sketches of the Cumbrian mountains to the west. The second of these may in fact be part of a larger sketch of the henge itself at the right of the present page and across folio 28. At the bottom of the page is a sketch of the outline of ‘Beacon Hill’ in ‘Penrith’ with the beacon at its summit. This can be seen in the background of Turner’s illustration of Mayburgh circa 1832 (whereabouts unknown)1 for volume 11 of Sir Walter Scott’s Poetical Works, The Bridal of Triermain.
For more information and references to further sketches of Mayburgh, see folio 26 verso (D25812).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.429 no.1091.

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