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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View Looking up the Avon from Cook's Folly 1791

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 24 Recto:
View Looking up the Avon from Cook’s Folly 1791
Turner Bequest VI 24
Pencil, watercolour and pen and brown ink on white wove paper, 185 x 263 mm
Stamped in black ‘VI 24’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This and folios 22 recto and 23 recto (D00105, D00106) were included by Ruskin in his ‘first hundred’ selected for exhibition in 1857. In his 1881 catalogue he described them as ‘Three early sketches at Clifton, when he [Turner] was twelve or thirteen years old.’1
‘Catalogue of the Drawings and Sketches by J.M.W. Turner, R.A. at Present Exhibited in the National Gallery’ in Cook and Wedderburn 1903, p.364 no.523.
Blank; Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘View from Cooks Folley | looking up the River Awon [sic] seen [crossed through] | with Wallis Wall and The Hot Wells’ top centre; inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘177’ lower left; stamped in blank ink ‘VI – 24’ above Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom left.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘View Looking up the Avon from Cook’s Folly 1791 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2012, 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-view-looking-up-the-avon-from-cooks-folly-r1140158, accessed 25 November 2020.