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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Gordale Scar: Waterfalls 1816

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 39 Verso:
Gordale Scar: Waterfalls 1816
Turner Bequest CXLVIII 30a
Pencil on white wove paper, 173 x 260 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Grass’
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This close view of Gordale Scar, near Malham, is taken from the foot of the lower fall, looking up to the upper fall. It is the closest of seven studies that Turner made of Gordale, including six in the Yorkshire 2 sketchbook (beginning with Tate D11335; Turner Bequest CXLV 169) . The present writer dates Turner sketches at Gordale to Thursday 25 July 1816, when Mrs Fawkes recorded in her diary that she together with her husband Walter Fawkes and their family accompanied Turner to the falls. This was Turner’s last day in the company of the Fawkes party. Later that day Mrs Fawkes recorded that Turner ‘went on a sketching tour’ and that the weather was ‘heavy rain’ (see Introduction to the sketchbook).

David Hill
May 2009

How to cite

David Hill, ‘Gordale Scar: Waterfalls 1816 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 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-gordale-scar-waterfalls-r1143730, accessed 21 September 2019.