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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Askrigg from Mill Gill Fall, Wensleydale 1816

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 6 Recto:
Askrigg from Mill Gill Fall, Wensleydale 1816
Turner Bequest CXLVII 6
Pencil on white wove paper, 125 x 206 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Askrigg at the lower fall’ bottom left, ‘G B L L’ bottom right and ‘Firs’ right middle distance
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘279’ bottom right and ‘6’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CXLVII 6’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Mill Gill Falls is the first or ‘lower’ fall on Mill Gill, about half a mile above Askrigg in Wensleydale. In this sketch Turner records the view from the top of the falls towards Askrigg village, with the tower of Askrigg Church to the right of centre, Ivy Scar above to the left, and in the distance the sweep of Wensleydale towards Aysgarth with Penhill beyond. Turner made a very detailed drawing of Mill Gill Falls from below in the Yorkshire 5 sketchbook (Tate D11552–D11551; Turner Bequest CXLVIII 18–17a), which accompanied him on the same tour.
It seems that Turner must have dropped his sketchbook while making this drawing. The surface of the page is spattered with what appears to be dried mud.

David Hill
February 2009

How to cite

David Hill, ‘Askrigg from Mill Gill Fall, Wensleydale 1816 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2013, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-askrigg-from-mill-gill-fall-wensleydale-r1143586, accessed 17 January 2021.