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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Two Skylines, Possibly in the Thames Valley c.1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 17 Recto:
Two Skylines, Possibly in the Thames Valley c.1819
D13777
Turner Bequest CLXIX 17
Pencil on white wove paper, 87 x 119 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘4’ and ‘5’ on features towards centre right of upper drawing, and ‘[...]’ towards centre right of lower
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘17’ bottom right (faint and smudged)
Stamped in black ‘CLXIX – 17’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The two sketches, above and below, to the left on folio 16 verso opposite (D13776). Each shows a skyline of low hills, identified by Finberg as coastal. What appears to be a place name is inscribed above the lower profile, though it is effectively illegible. The subject may be in the Thames Valley, as discussed in the entry for D13776.

Matthew Imms
September 2013

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Two Skylines, Possibly in the Thames Valley c.1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2013, 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-skylines-possibly-in-the-thames-valley-r1147500, accessed 23 January 2020.