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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Skiddaw from Keswick 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 27 Recto:
?Skiddaw from Keswick 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXIV 27
Pencil on white wove paper, 74 x 94 mm
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘27’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXV – 27’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page may show the view of Skiddaw from Keswick, or it might portray a view from somewhere just above Keswick such as Castle Rigg. Skiddaw is identifiable by the distinctive shape of its summit. The sketch continues on folio 26 verso (D25574) where it looks towards Lake Bassenthwaite. At the bottom of the present page with the sketchbook inverted is another small sketch of a mountain top.
A sketch of Skiddaw from Bassenthwaite on folio 44 verso (D25610) of this sketchbook was used by Turner as the basis of his design for the frontispiece of The Bridal of Triermain, volume 11 of Scott’s Poetical Works.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘?Skiddaw from Keswick 1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2009, 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-skiddaw-from-keswick-r1133935, accessed 19 September 2021.