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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View of Rydal Water, Looking West 1797

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 48 Recto:
View of Rydal Water, Looking West 1797
Turner Bequest XXXV 34
Pencil on white wove paper, 274 x 370 mm
Part watermark ‘1796’
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Rydal’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XXXV 34’ bottom left, descending vertically
Having recorded the view towards Rydal from the western banks of Grasmere Lake, Turner went on to the southern end of the lake and made this drawing with the page turned horizontally, taking in the whole of Rydal Water, with Heron Pike and Loughrigg Fell again flanking the vista. Another view of Rydal Water is on folio 65 recto (D01052; Turner Bequest XXXV 50), perhaps bound out of sequence, though possibly the product of a second visit to the place.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed by John Ruskin in brown ink ‘104’ (circled); ?in a later hand in blue crayon ‘16’; and by A.J. Finberg ‘141.34’.

Andrew Wilton
August 2010

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘View of Rydal Water, Looking West 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-of-rydal-water-looking-west-r1150212, accessed 19 May 2022.