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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Plompton Rocks from the North 1816

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Recto:
Plompton Rocks from the North 1816
D10876
Turner Bequest CXLIV 5
Pencil on white wove paper, 97 x 154 mm
Very faint trace of an inscription in red ink, possibly by John Ruskin, bottom right
Trace of inscription in red ink, possibly by John Ruskin, ‘5’, bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CXLIV 5’, bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is the right half of a two-page panorama continued to the right from folio 4 verso (D10875), opposite, recording the view looking south from the head of the lake at Plompton Rocks. Turner recorded almost exactly the same view in a sketch made in 1797 (Tate D17202; Turner Bequest CXCVII L), which provided the basis for an oil painting, Plompton Rocks (Harewood House)1 painted 1797–8 for Harewood.
For Plompton Rocks in this sketchbook see folio 3 verso (D10873).

David Hill
January 2009

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.22 no.27 (pl.25).

How to cite

David Hill, ‘Plompton Rocks from the North 1816 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 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-plompton-rocks-from-the-north-r1144063, accessed 03 July 2020.