Description & Technical information

This watercolour painting is a characteristically stormy sketch from the oeuvre of the pre-eminent Nineteenth-Century painter Joseph Mallord William Turner. It is a sketch for a larger work, which forms part of a Private Collection of academic paintings collected by the deceased husband of a Vale of Glamorgan Lady. The work comprises a hazy image of a Welsh quarry, with the small detail of a figure, campfire and equipment at the foot of the harsh rock face. The medium has been explored brilliantly to capture the rough nature of the slate environment, and the soft shrubbery that grows around it.

Date:  c. 1798
Period:  18th century, 1750-1850
Origin:  UK
Medium: pencil and wash on paper
Signature: Signed

Dimensions:  cm (10¹/₄ x 13³/₄ inches)

JMW Turner’s 1798 ‘North Wales Sketchbook’ is archived at the Tate Britain, it is referenced as: Andrew Wilton, ‘North Wales Sketchbook 1798’, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, accessed 27 March 2018; Lot 26 at Christie’s London, November 21st 1978

Private Collection, United Kingdom (The watercolour made from this sketch forms part of a private collection of academic Nineteenth Century Paintings collected by the deceased husband of a Vale of Glamorgan Lady)

Private Collection, United Kingdom


Eric Shanes, 'J.M.W. Turner: A Life in Art,' a multi-volume definitive biography of the artist to be published by Yale University Press on behalf of the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints