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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Hills 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Recto:
Hills 1818
Turner Bequest CLXVI 8
Pencil on white wove paper, 90 x 112 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘sand’
Stamped in black ‘CLXVI 8’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Here, divided across the page with a faint horizontal line, are two sketches of hills or cliffs. Although there is no water, Turner’s inscription, ‘sand’ would suggest a coastal setting, and both sketches have the craggy, rocky character of many of Turner’s coastal sketches in the Bass Rock and Edinburgh sketchbook (e.g. Tate D13331; Turner Bequest CLXV 6), although the presence of a clump of trees and vegetation on the upper sketch indicate perhaps a more sheltered spot. Another possibility is the beach at North Shields, which is drawn on folio 14 of this sketchbook (D13475).

Thomas Ardill
August 2009

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Hills 1818 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2009, 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-hills-r1132008, accessed 24 November 2020.