Joseph Mallord William Turner

Windermere: Looking South

1797

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 257 x 370 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01056
Turner Bequest XXXV 54

Catalogue entry

Turner scholar David Hill suggests that this drawing, made with the page turned horizontally and apparently in the middle of Windermere, was done in the boat in which Turner travelled south from Waterhead to Bowness; see the preceding and following drawings, folios 67 recto, 68 recto, 70 recto and 71 recto (D01054, D01055, D01057, D01058; Turner Bequest XXXV 52, 53, 55, 56). It is curious that the bottom edge of the composition (the outside edge of the leaf) has been cut away; it may have held the inscription by Turner that Ruskin claims to have transcribed in his note verso. Even more unusual is the fact of such a specific ‘title’: most of the drawings in this book are identified by the briefest of place names; for instance, on the following leaf (D01057) Turner has placed the simple initial ‘W’ to indicate that this too is a view at Windermere.
Technical notes:
The lower edge of the leaf (about 17mm) has been cut off (see the comments above).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘Turners title. Lower end of Winder -. JR.’; and by A.J. Finberg in pencil ‘141.54’.

Andrew Wilton
August 2010

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