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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner The Lyd Valley and Brent Tor near Lydford 1814

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 24 Recto:
The Lyd Valley and Brent Tor near Lydford 1814
Turner Bequest CXXXII 24
Pencil on white wove paper, 90 x 152 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Lyd’ bottom left
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘24’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXXII – 24’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Eric Shanes has identified the view as of Brent Tor and the Lyd valley, across Fernworthy Down from near the Fox and Hounds Inn on the Tavistock to Okehampton road1 on the western fringes of Dartmoor (for the two towns see under folios 143 verso and 43 recto respectively; D09661, D09526). The inn is at Fox and Hounds Cross south of Shortacombe, about two miles north-east of Lydford (see under folio 28 recto; D09510). Brent Tor is an outcrop surmounted by a church near the village of North Brentor to the south-west; it appears on the horizon to the left. Shanes has noted the sketch as the basis for a watercolour study (Tate D25436; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 313).2
The view on folio 25 recto (D09507) is also inscribed ‘Lyd’. For a view of Brent Tor from Lydford, see folio 28 recto (D09510), and for other definite or likely Dartmoor views, see under folio 8 recto (D09489).
Shanes 1997, p.58.
Ibid., p.58 no.38, reproduced.

Matthew Imms
June 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘The Lyd Valley and Brent Tor near Lydford 1814 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2014, 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-the-lyd-valley-and-brent-tor-near-lydford-r1147050, accessed 27 July 2021.