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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Aysgarth Force, Wensleydale 1816

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Recto:
Aysgarth Force, Wensleydale 1816
Turner Bequest CXLVII 11
Pencil on white wove paper, 125 x 206 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Asgarth Force’ bottom left
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘279’ bottom right and ‘11’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CXLVII 11’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Aysgarth Force is the furthest downstream and the grandest of three falls on the River Ure at Aysgarth. This sketch formed the basis of a studio watercolour of Aysgarth Force (Indianapolis Museum of Art)1 engraved in Thomas Dunham Whitaker History of Richmondshire, part of the projected seven-volume General History of the County of York (see Introduction to the sketchbook), and published on 1 June 1820.

David Hill
February 2009

Wilton 1979, p.365 no.570; Krause 1997, pp.123–6 no.35.

How to cite

David Hill, ‘Aysgarth Force, 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-aysgarth-force-wensleydale-r1143592, accessed 22 May 2022.