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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Caley Crags, Otley Chevin 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 6 Recto:
Caley Crags, Otley Chevin 1818
Turner Bequest CLIII 6
Pencil on white wove paper, 111 x 185 mm
Watermaked ‘AL[LEE] | 18[13]’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Bright Gr’, ‘Bracken’ (twice), ‘B’, ‘G’, and ‘Y’
Inscribed in pencil, perhaps not by Turner, ‘3’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CLIII 6’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is the right part of a double-page spread continued from D12003; Turner Bequest CLIII 5, opposite, and further right on D12005; Turner Bequest CLIII 7, depicting Caley Crags from below. The sketch served as the basis of a finished watercolour, Caley Crags, with Deer (private collection)1 painted for Walter Fawkes of Farnley Hall about 1818. The inscribed number ‘3’ relates to the list of proposed staffage written on a preceding page (D11996; Turner Bequest CLIII 1): ‘3 2 Stags – 3 Hinds –’. The present writer has suggested that Walter Fawkes might have made this note when commissioning the watercolour, although in the event Turner rather exceeded his brief and provided the stags with eight hinds. The finished watercolour is listed as ‘23 Rocks deer’ in the list of watercolours in hand (or intended) on another page of this sketchbook (D12013; Turner Bequest CLIII 11a).
For Caley Crags in this sketchbook see notes to D12003.
Wilton 1979, p.371 no.616.

David Hill
June 2009

How to cite

David Hill, ‘Caley Crags, Otley Chevin 1818 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-caley-crags-otley-chevin-r1146637, accessed 22 August 2019.