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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A Waterfall ?1792

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Waterfall ?1792
Turner Bequest XII I
Pencil on white wove paper, 271 x 224 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘XII.I’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XII I’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg seems to have considered that this sheet is related to the lost watercolour Second Fall of the River Monach, Devil’s Bridge, Cardiganshire (currently untraced),1 shown at the Royal Academy in 1794 (333). The pencil-work has suffered, perhaps from flood damage, and the elaborate subject is no longer very legible. This was presumably drawn at or near the same spot as the rough sketch at Devil’s Bridge on the verso of this sheet (D40037). See also Tate D00137 and D00140 (Turner Bequest XII H, K).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.306 no.48.

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Waterfall ?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-r1141130, accessed 21 September 2021.