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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Derwentwater 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 28 Verso:
Derwentwater 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXIV 28a
Pencil on white wove paper, 74 x 94 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook inverted is a view of Derwentwater made across two sketchbook pages (continued on folio 29, D25579). Turner stands near the landing stages at the north-eastern end of the lake, hence the presence of moored sailing boats on the current page. Friars Crag can be seen on folio 29. Strangely, there is no sign of Derwent Island; Turner must have either stood too close to it, or even on it to miss it out of the picture, unless he chose not to include it. The hills beyond the lake on this page are the Derwent Fells, with Castlerigg on folio 29.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Derwentwater 1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-derwentwater-r1133938, accessed 29 July 2021.