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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Waterfall among Wooded Rocks 1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 78 Recto:
A Waterfall among Wooded Rocks 1798
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 71
Pencil and watercolour, 332 x 229 mm
Blind-stamped lower left with Turner Bequest monogram
Stamped in black ‘XXXVIII 71’ bottom right
In 1909, Finberg considered that this leaf, then loose, should be page ‘48b’, following what is now folio 77 recto (D01301; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 48) in the sketchbook’s original order, and it has since been bound in at that point, although the page he less certainly proposed as ‘48a’ is now folio 70 recto (D01332; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 78);1 he suggested that the waterfall shown here is one of the group known as Conway Falls, two miles south of Betws-y-Coed. A study of wonderful freshness and verve, this drawing can be compared with Turner’s painstakingly exquisite drawing of Melincourt Fall in the South Wales sketchbook of 1795 (Tate D00560; Turner Bequest XXVI 8).
See Finberg 1909, I, pp.86, 87, 88.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Waterfall among Wooded Rocks 1798 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-waterfall-among-wooded-rocks-r1173218, accessed 21 October 2021.