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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Cotter Force, near Hawes, Wensleydale 1816

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Recto:
Cotter Force, near Hawes, Wensleydale 1816
Turner Bequest CXLVII 8
Pencil on white wove paper, 125 x 206 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Children looking over’ top right and ‘Dark Pool’ bottom centre
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘279’ bottom right and ‘8’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CXLVII 8’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Cotter Force is about two miles north-west of the town of Hawes and a mile north-west of the village of Hardraw towards the head of Wensleydale. As the present writer has previously observed,1 Turner’s note of ‘Children looking over’ from the top of the rocks might suggest that the artist was as much the object of their attention as the waterfall; ‘We can almost hear them giggling and whispering about this peculiar stranger with a drawing pad who had invaded their secret dale’.
Hill 1984, pp.54–5.

David Hill
February 2009

How to cite

David Hill, ‘Cotter Force, near Hawes, 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-cotter-force-near-hawes-wensleydale-r1143589, accessed 06 December 2021.