Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Cattle in a Stream, with Ruins on the Bank c.1800
Turner Bequest LXX J
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 553 x 760 mm
Blind–stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXX – J’ towards bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.175 LXX J (as ‘Cattle in stream; with ruins on bank’ c.1800–2).
For observations on Turner’s use of cows in compositions of this period see the Cows
sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest LXII). The ruins have not been identified; they may be based on one or other of the abbeys along the River Tees in North Yorkshire, at Egglestone or Easby. See the 1797 North of England
sketchbook (Tate D00931
; Turner Bequest XXXIV 25, 28).
How to cite
Andrew Wilton, ‘Cattle in a Stream, with Ruins on the Bank c.1800 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-cattle-in-a-stream-with-ruins-on-the-bank-r1178477, accessed 18 May 2022.