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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Durham from Old Durham 1817

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 14 Recto:
Durham from Old Durham 1817
Turner Bequest CLVII 14
Pencil on white wove paper, 116 x 185 mm
Part watermark ‘J Wh | 18’
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘14’ bottom right (now very faint)
Stamped in black ‘CLVII – 14’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This drawing, treated as a separate and unidentified scene by Finberg, is actually an unusually wide continuation of the distant view of Durham from the east on folio 13 recto (D12333), made with that page pushed back so far that this portion of the scene, the rising ground between the River Wear and Gilesgate to its north, occupies more than half the width of the page. It is the last of a continuous run of drawings of Durham, beginning on folio 6 recto (D12325), with one further sketch on folio 76 verso (D12414). For Turner’s other visits to the city, see the entry for D12325.

Matthew Imms
February 2010

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Durham from Old Durham 1817 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2010, 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-durham-from-old-durham-r1139335, accessed 28 November 2020.