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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Crags c.1812-13

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 3 Recto:
Crags c.1812–13
Turner Bequest CXXIX 3
Pencil on white wove paper, 110 x 178 mm
Watermarked ‘[WHAT]MAN | [180]5’
Trace of inscription by ?John Ruskin in red ink ‘3 [?]’ bottom right
Stamped in brown ‘CXXIX 3’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg’s identification of this subject as clouds is unconvincing, especially towards the right where the masses seem particularly solid and hard-edged. Instead they appear to be a group of low crags, possible those at Caley, near Farnley Hall, the home of Walter Fawkes.

David Hill
October 2008

How to cite

David Hill, ‘Crags c.1812–13 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, October 2008, 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-crags-r1146784, accessed 21 June 2024.