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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Mossdale Head, Wensleydale 1816

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 31 Verso:
Mossdale Head, Wensleydale 1816
Turner Bequest CXLVIII 27a
Pencil on white wove paper, 173 x 260 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Mossdale Head is at the head of Wensleydale, about two miles north-west of Hawes. This sketch is taken from the road between Hawes and Sedbergh road, looking south up Mossdale Beck to the lower falls, left of centre, sketched by Turner on folios 32 verso (D40861) and 33 verso (D11576; Turner Bequest CXLVIII 31a), and the upper falls, just above centre, the subject of folios 38 recto–37 verso (D11549–D11550; Turner Bequest CXLVIII 16–17). The present writer dates Turner’s sketches at Mossdale to Saturday 27 July 1816.
As the drawing is currently presented in the sketchbook it appears inverted in relation to the main sequence of subjects.

David Hill
May 2009

How to cite

David Hill, ‘Mossdale Head, Wensleydale 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-mossdale-head-wensleydale-r1143716, accessed 21 January 2022.