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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Houses Ranged along a Ridge c.1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Houses Ranged along a Ridge c.1824
D20322
Turner Bequest CCXXIV 30v
Pencil on blue wove paper, 128 x 184 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘470’ bottom left
Inscribed in pencil ‘470 | 30’ top left, in pencil ‘P 57’ top right, and ‘CCXXIV 30’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
In this pencil sketch, which appears on the verso of D20321 (CCXXIV 30), buildings of a town are shown ranged along a ridge, the slope of which runs downward from left to right. Marks around the buildings suggest a rugged landscape. Above the houses, halfway up and to the left, the line of the horizon presents a clear view onto plains stretching into the distance.
For the grouping and dating of these works, see the section Introduction.

Ben Pollitt
August 2019

How to cite

Ben Pollitt, ‘Houses Ranged along a Ridge c.1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2019, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2023, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-houses-ranged-along-a-ridge-r1202087, accessed 20 April 2024.