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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Woodwalk, Farnley Park ?1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Recto:
The Woodwalk, Farnley Park ?1818
Turner Bequest CXXXIX 2
Pencil on white wove paper, 129 x 205 mm
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘2’ top right and ‘315’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXXIX 2’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Together with the drawing of the Pheasant’s Nest on folio 1 of the sketchbook (D10343) this drawing is likely to date from November 1818 when Turner was at Farnley Hall, according to Hill, Warburton and Tussey. See the Introduction to the sketchbook for their belief that these drawings and others of Wharfedale near Farnley at the back of the book were made on different occasions.
The drawing was used for a watercolour for Walter Fawkes of Farnley (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge).1 The title given here is the one most often attached to the watercolour but the same authors note that the most likely location of the subject is the Glen, leading away from Lake Tiny in Farnley Park. Hill, Warburton and Tussey point out that another watercolour, Lake Plantation, Farnley Hall (private collection)2 looks in the opposite direction towards the lake.
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, pp.369–70 no.602.
Ibid., p.370 no.605.

David Blayney Brown
May 2011

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘The Woodwalk, Farnley Park ?1818 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2011, 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-the-woodwalk-farnley-park-r1131573, accessed 22 April 2019.