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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Yanwath Hall and the River Eamont 1809

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 71 Verso:
Yanwath Hall and the River Eamont 1809
Turner Bequest CXXXVII 72
Pencil on white wove paper, 181 x 228 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Yanworth Tower’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXXVII 57’ bottom right
Blind-stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg lists this leaf as one of six believed ‘to have formed part of this book’. It is now bound in as folio 71 verso, with the image inverted. The recto is blank, but inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘940’.
Yanwath Hall stands on the south side of the River Eamont at Eamont Bridge, just south of Penrith, and is today a farm. It has a fourteenth-century pele tower (Turner’s subject here) and a fifteenth-century hall. It was owned by the Lowther family for whom Turner visited the nearby Lowther Castle and Whitehaven during a tour of Cumbria in 1809. This drawing and two of Brougham Castle also on the Eamont north of Penrith, on folios 72 verso and 73 verso (D10314, 10315; Turner Bequest CXXXVII 70, 71), are datable to that year and assuming they belong to this sketchbook are probably the earliest drawings Turner made in it.
The paper is discoloured from exposure.

David Blayney Brown
March 2011

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Yanwath Hall and the River Eamont 1809 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2011, 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-yanwath-hall-and-the-river-eamont-r1131357, accessed 23 January 2022.