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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Hardraw Force 1816

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 29 Verso:
Hardraw Force 1816
Turner Bequest CXLVIII 28a
Pencil on white wove paper, 173 x 260 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Hardraw Force is near Hawes in Wensleydale. This is the left page of a double-page spread continued to the right on folio 30 recto (D11548; Turner Bequest CXLVIII 15a, now bound opposite), depicting the falls from a more distant viewpoint than a more detailed sketch of the subject on folio 30 verso (D11547; Turner Bequest CXLVIII 15). The present writer dates Turner’s sketches at Hardraw to Sunday 28 July 1816. The present example formed the basis of a studio colour study (Tate D25492; Turner Bequest CCXLIII 369) and thence for a finished watercolour, Hardraw Fall (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge),1 painted about 1816–17 for Thomas Dunham Whitaker’s projected General History of the County of York (see sketchbook introduction) and engraved by Samuel Middiman in 1818 for the completed part, History of Richmondshire.

David Hill
May 2009

Wilton 1979, no.574

How to cite

David Hill, ‘Hardraw Force 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-hardraw-force-r1143712, accessed 17 May 2022.