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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Two Figures Standing on a Crag; Caley Crags near Otley c.1822-4

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Two Figures Standing on a Crag; Caley Crags near Otley c.1822–4
D40073
Turner Bequest CLIV Xb
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, drawn area 186 x 230 mm on sheet 230 x 372 mm, folded vertically down centre
Watermarked ‘J WHATMAN | TURKEY MILL | 1822’
Blind-stamped with a crown to the top right of this composition
Inscribed in red ink ‘cliv. X(b)’
Stamped in brown ‘CLIV X(b)’ bottom right, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This drawing is one of three (including Tate D12122, D40074; Turner Bequest CLIV Xa, Xc) on the front and back of a single sheet of paper, folded in half. In the Inventory Finberg listed each as a separate item, and each individual component drawing has been stamped with its own Turner Bequest number; consequently, each also has its own Tate accession number and is treated separately in this catalogue. For clarity, the present drawing is the right-hand drawing of the recto and D12122 (CLIV Xa) is the left half. D40074 (CLIV Xc), forms the verso.
The present sketch is a very quick note of the view of two figures, almost certainly companions from Farnley Hall, standing on the top of crags. The sketch on the verso (D40074) appears to show the same site, there recognisable as Caley Crags on Otley Chevin, from a viewpoint slightly left and further away.

David Hill
July 2009

How to cite

David Hill, ‘Two Figures Standing on a Crag; Caley Crags near Otley c.1822–4 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2009, 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-two-figures-standing-on-a-crag-caley-crags-near-otley-r1146624, accessed 19 June 2024.