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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Waterfall on the River Mynach c.1792

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Waterfall on the River Mynach c.1792
Turner Bequest XII H
Pencil on white wove paper, 271 x 214 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[...] Fall Monack’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XII H’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sheet may be part of a larger one. The grand conception of the composition, together with the presence of a figure dwarfed by the scale of the rocks, suggests that Turner may have thought of using the drawing as the basis for a watercolour. However, Finberg gives Turner’s inscription as ‘First Fall, Monack’, whereas the lost watercolour exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1792 was titled Second Fall of the River Monach [i.e. Mynach], Devil’s Bridge, Cardiganshire.1 See Tate D00138 (Turner Bequest XII I).
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.306 no.48.
Technical notes:
The sheet is torn rather than cut along the right-hand edge.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Waterfall on the River Mynach 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-on-the-river-mynach-r1141129, accessed 21 September 2021.