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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Semer Water, near Askrigg, Wensleydale 1816

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Verso:
Semer Water, near Askrigg, Wensleydale 1816
Turner Bequest CXLVII 2a
Pencil on white wove paper, 125 x 206 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is the left part of a double-page spread continued to the right on folio 3 recto (D11446) opposite, recording the view from the Carlow Stone at the lake foot looking south-west towards Raydale. The drawing served as the basis of a studio watercolour Simmer Lake, near Askrigg (British Museum, London)1 engraved by Henry Le Keux for Thomas Dunham Whitaker’s History of Richmondshire, part of the projected General History of the County of York (see Introduction to the sketchbook) and published in 1822. The present writer has dated Turner’s sketches of Semer Water to Friday 26 July 1816.

David Hill
February 2009

Wilton 1979, p.365 no.571.

How to cite

David Hill, ‘Semer Water, near Askrigg, Wensleydale 1816 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 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-semer-water-near-askrigg-wensleydale-r1143579, accessed 24 November 2020.