Joseph Mallord William Turner

Wharfedale from the West Chevin, above Otley

c.1817

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 129 x 205 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10402
Turner Bequest CXXXIX 38 a

Catalogue entry

Finberg’s title does not seem right and instead this drawing, made with the sketchbook inverted and continuing slightly on folio 39 (D10403), forms a double-spread view of Wharfedale with Otley very lightly indicated in the middle distance on the left. The separate drawing called by Finberg ‘part of the Wharfe valley’ is on D10403 and is a more detailed vignette of the same view of Otley with the church and bridge. There is a more detailed panorama from a similar viewpoint across folios 39 verso, 40 verso–41 (D10404, D10406D10407).
See Introduction and notes to folio 1 (D10343) for Turner’s visits to Walter Fawkes of Farnley Hall and his views of Wharfedale in this sketchbook.

David Blayney Brown
May 2011

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