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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Profiles of Hills or Mountains c.1817-19

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Recto:
Profiles of Hills or Mountains c.1817–19
Turner Bequest CLXIX 5
Pencil on white wove paper, 87 x 119 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘5’ bottom right (faint and smudged)
Stamped in black ‘CLXIX – 5’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
There are two sketches, one above the other, showing jagged skylines. They may represent the same currently unidentified range seen from different angles in passing. There is a similar drawing on the verso (D13760). See also the similar profiles on folios 37 verso and 38 recto (D13808, D13809). As discussed in the sketchbook’s Introduction, it is possible that they relate to Turner’s 1817 tour along the River Rhine in Germany.

Matthew Imms
September 2013

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Profiles of Hills or Mountains c.1817–19 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2013, 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-profiles-of-hills-or-mountains-r1147482, accessed 18 January 2020.