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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View across Derwentwater towards Skiddaw from Grange Fell 1797

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 26 Recto:
View across Derwentwater towards Skiddaw from Grange Fell 1797
Turner Bequest XXXV 77
Pencil with watercolour on white wove paper, 274 x 370 mm
Part watermark ‘E & P’
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram centre right (in the drawing)
Inscribed by John Ruskin in brown ink ‘Skiddaw. JR.’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XXXV 77’ bottom left, descending vertically
This drawing, with the page turned horizontally, must have been made in the course of Turner’s excursion from Keswick to Longthwaite Bridge; see folio 31 recto (D01023; Turner Bequest XXXV 21). Grange Fell rises from Borrowdale south of Lodore, and affords views along the whole length of the lake to Keswick at its northern end, with the mass of Skiddaw, 931 metres (3054 feet) high, dominating the whole region. Turner’s next stopping-point as he proceeded south up the valley was at Castle Crag, which he drew on D01023.
Technical notes:
The page is slightly discoloured from exposure when on display, apart from the edges formerly protected by a mount. The corners at the gutter have been torn away and repaired.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed in a later hand in pencil ‘79’.

Andrew Wilton
August 2010

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘View across Derwentwater towards Skiddaw from Grange Fell 1797 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2010, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-view-across-derwentwater-towards-skiddaw-from-grange-fell-r1150190, accessed 22 September 2021.