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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Junction of the Rivers Greta and Tees at Rokeby 1816

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
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The Junction of the Rivers Greta and Tees at Rokeby 1816
D11572
Turner Bequest CXLVIII 29a
Pencil on white wove paper, 173 x 260 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘G’
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view is taken from the right bank of the River Greta, seen flowing in from the left, near its junction with the River Tees running to the right, and looks towards Rokeby Hall, hidden by the trees in the middle distance. It is sketched with unusual brevity for such a subject and by comparison with other drawings in this sketchbook, leading the present writer to suggest that it was raining when Turner visited the junction of the rivers on Wednesday 31 July 1816. Nonetheless, the sketch served as the basis of a studio watercolour, Junction of the Greta and Tees at Rokeby (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford),1 painted about 1816–17 for Thomas Dunham Whitaker’s projected General History of the County of York (see sketchbook introduction) and engraved by John Pye in 1819 for the completed part, History of Richmondshire.

David Hill
May 2009

1
Wilton 1979, no.566

How to cite

David Hill, ‘The Junction of the Rivers Greta and Tees at Rokeby 1816 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 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-the-junction-of-the-rivers-greta-and-tees-at-rokeby-r1143696, accessed 24 October 2021.