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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner West Burton Falls, Wensleydale 1816

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Recto:
West Burton Falls, Wensleydale 1816
Turner Bequest CXLVII 9
Pencil on white wove paper, 125 x 206 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Fall at Burton’ bottom left
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘279’ bottom right and ‘9’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CXLVII 9’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
West Burton is about a mile south of Aysgarth, on Walden Beck, a tributary of the River Ure. A particular characteristic of the fall is the way in which in normal conditions the stream of water fans out into a transparent veil, through which can be seen the rocks behind, exactly as recorded by Turner.
Other sketches at West Burton occur in the Yorkshire 2 sketchbook (Tate D11276, D11275D11274; Turner Bequest CXLV 138a, 138, 137a; drawn in this order), which Turner carried with him on the same tour.

David Hill
February 2009

How to cite

David Hill, ‘West Burton Falls, Wensleydale 1816 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2013, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-west-burton-falls-wensleydale-r1143590, accessed 24 November 2020.