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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Lake Tiny and Almscliff Crag, near Farnley Hall 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Recto:
Lake Tiny and Almscliff Crag, near Farnley Hall 1818
Turner Bequest CLIII 2
Pencil on white wove paper, 111 x 185 mm
Watermarked ‘[AL]LEE | [18]13’
Inscribed in pencil, perhaps not by Turner, ‘1’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CLIII 2’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is the right half of a double-page spread continued from D11996; Turner Bequest CLIII 1a, opposite, recording the view across the northern end of Lake Tiny, looking north-east in the left distance to Almscliff Crag, taken from the lane running down from Farnley Hall, about half a mile behind us. The view is extended further right, to include Leathley Church, on D11999; Turner Bequest CLIII 3. The sketch served as the basis for a finished watercolour known as Lake Tiny, with Almias Cliff in the distance (Hereford City Museum and Art Galleries)1 painted about 1818 for Walter Fawkes of Farnley Hall. The inscribed number ‘1’ corresponds to a note of proposed staffage on a preceding page, D11996; Turner Bequest CLIII 1: ‘1 2 Ladies – 1 Gentleman – taking the air’. The present writer has argued that these details might have been suggested by Walter Fawkes when commissioning the watercolour. However, in the event Turner included only a solitary female figure in the finished composition.

David Hill
June 2009

Wilton 1979, p.370 no.607.

How to cite

David Hill, ‘Lake Tiny and Almscliff Crag, near Farnley Hall 1818 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2009, 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-lake-tiny-and-almscliff-crag-near-farnley-hall-r1146630, accessed 28 July 2021.