J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A Waterfall among Rocks c.1792

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Waterfall among Rocks c.1792
Turner Bequest XII K
Pencil and watercolour on off-white laid paper, 207 x 163 mm.
Watermark: crown (trimmed)
Inscribed in red ink ‘XII K’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XII K’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
See also Tate D00141 and D00142 (Turner Bequest XII L, M). Finberg suggested1 that the subject could be the Clydach Falls near Crickhowell, or alternatively a fall on the River Mynach. Because Turner went to the trouble of colouring part of the subject, it is possible that this is in some sense preparatory for the lost watercolour exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1792, Second Fall of the River Monach [i.e. Mynach], Devil’s Bridge, Cardiganshire;2 see Tate D00137 and D00138 (Turner Bequest XII H, I).
There is an ochre colour trial at the lower right.
MS note, Tate catalogue files.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.306 no.48.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Waterfall among Rocks c.1792 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-waterfall-among-rocks-r1141128, accessed 04 August 2021.