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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View of Hills 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 17 Recto:
View of Hills 1824
Turner Bequest CCXIX 7
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 160 x 235 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘?Preda’ towards bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘7’ by Ruskin bottom right
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXIX–7’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Rendered in light and agile pencil line, this view shows the towering slopes of the Moselle valley. Turner’s inscription ‘?Preda’ may refer to the town of Breidel near Zell.
This drawing bears evidence of Turner’s technique of ‘rubbing out’ areas of watercolour to create highlights. He used soft materials such as blotting paper balled together, small chunks of stale bread, or a clean brush washed out with water to rub out pigment and reveal the whiteness of the support.1
Joyce H. Townsend in Evelyn Joll, Martin Butlin and Luke Herrmann (eds.), The Oxford Companion to J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 2001, p.285 entry under ‘Scratching Out’.

Alice Rylance-Watson
November 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘View of Hills 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-view-of-hills-r1174919, accessed 27 June 2022.