Mountainous Landscape

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1790s early

WAG 8141

About this object

This watercolour gives some insight into Turner’s early technique. He would have begun by drawing the view in pencil. Thin washes of watercolour were then painted over the top.

The view in this watercolour is similar to Turner’s drawings of the Lake District from 1797 in the Tate's collection. The colouring and use of outline, however, are not in keeping with his work of that date. The watercolour may therefore instead be an earlier work copied from a piece in the collection of the physican Thomas Monro (1759 - 1833).

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:1775-05-23 probably, died:1851-12-19)
  • Date
    1790s early
  • Materials
    Chalk; Watercolour; Pen; Ink; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 27 cm x 38 cm
  • Physical description
    This is a view across a lake surrounded by mountains in the distance. There is a house on the shores of the lake to the right hand side with a seated figure on a horse standing nearby. The mountains are reflected in the still water of the lake.
  • Related people
    Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire (Previous owner) ; Fine Art Society (Previous owner) ; Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8141
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by C F J Beausire in 1972
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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    Author: Edward Morris
    Publisher: Walker Art Gallery, Printed by Elliot Bros. & Yeoman Ltd
    Date: 1970


Previous owners

  • Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1972
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery
  • Fine Art Society

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Fine Art
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