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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Gibside from the River Derwent 1817

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 7 Verso:
Gibside from the River Derwent 1817
Turner Bequest
Pencil on white wove paper, 232 x 328 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘553. B’ bottom left
Inscribed in pencil ‘CLVI | 3 & 4’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This part of Turner’s view of the castellated north front of Gibside, a brief continuation of the main view on folio 8 recto opposite (D12270; CLVI 7), is not mentioned in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory, where he notes under CLVI 7: ‘Apparently continued on another page, which is now missing.’1 The recto of the present leaf (D12265) is CLVI 4, indicating either that the leaves of the book were bound in a different sequence or that some or all were loose at in Finberg’s time, since the continuity of the composition across the two pages as now bound is self-evidently correct.
A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.447.
Technical notes:
There is staining around an old repair to a tear half way down the left-hand edge.

Matthew Imms
February 2010

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Gibside from the River Derwent 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-gibside-from-the-river-derwent-r1139465, accessed 21 July 2018.