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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Hills, Probably on Dartmoor 1814

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 18 Recto:
Hills, Probably on Dartmoor 1814
Turner Bequest CXXXII 18
Pencil on white wove paper, 90 x 152 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[?W...]’ overwriting ‘High’ towards bottom right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘18’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXXII – 18’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg’s reading of Turner’s inscription as ‘Malvern’ seems improbable, as the setting is likely to Devon rather than the Midlands. The first letter of the word, overwriting ‘High’, appears rather to be a ‘W’, with little certainty as to what follows. There appear to be rocky outcrops or boulders in the foreground, and it seems likely that the subject is on Dartmoor; for other definite or likely views, see under folio 8 recto (D09489).

Matthew Imms
June 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Hills, Probably on Dartmoor 1814 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-hills-probably-on-dartmoor-r1147043, accessed 26 July 2021.