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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Mountains, Cumbria 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 23 Verso:
Mountains, Cumbria 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXVI 23a
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 187 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject of this sketch has not been identified, although a tentative suggestion is that it depicts a view towards Bassenthwaite from near Keswick. This is because the the hill at the left resembles the western shoulder of Skiddaw as seen from this point looking north. The lake itself cannot be seen in this sketch, but part of it may be visible in a sketch on folio 24 (D25807) which may be from nearby.

Thomas Ardill
May 2010

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Mountains, Cumbria 1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2010, 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-mountains-cumbria-r1134173, accessed 17 January 2022.