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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Valley Floor c.1830

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Valley Floor c.1830
Turner Bequest CCLXI 90
Pencil on blue wove paper, 142 x 196 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCLXI 90’ bottom right
Inscribed in ink ‘90’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The wide floor of a valley is shown stretching to the edge of a range of hills that sweep dramatically to the right. In the bed of the valley to the left are a number of houses, suggesting a town or village. In the centre of the foreground an outcrop of rock indicates the high platform from which the view was taken.
For the grouping and dating of these works, see the section Introduction.
Blank except for inscriptions. Traces of white strips of paper along the edges of the sheet indicate an earlier mount. Inscribed in pencil ‘D25062’ towards bottom left. Inscribed in pencil, ‘232 | O’ towards bottom right.

Ben Pollitt
August 2019

How to cite

Ben Pollitt, ‘Valley Floor c.1830 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2019, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2023, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-valley-floor-r1202181, accessed 20 April 2024.