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 3 Recto:
Semer Water, near Askrigg, Wensleydale 1816
Turner Bequest CXLVII 3
Pencil on white wove paper, 125 x 206 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Simmer Water’ bottom left
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘279’ bottom right and ‘3’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CXLVII 3’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is the right part of a double-page spread continued from folio 2 verso (D11445) opposite, recording the view from the Carlow Stone at the lake foot looking south-west towards Raydale. The drawing was 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-r1143580, accessed 24 November 2020.