High force, Fall of the Tees, Yorkshire

J. M. W. Turner1816

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

This view of natural scenery in the north of England illustrates the conventions of watercolour practice during the Romantic period of the early 19th century, which many later Victorian artists reacted against. A key figure of the Romantic generation, JMW Turner created the image with deftly applied washes, preserving the feeling of translucency, directness and suggestiveness. This technique was ideally suited to capturing fleeting atmospheric effects, such as the rainbow appearing in the spray at the foot of the falls. Like many watercolours at this time, it was not intended as a work of art in its own right but was made for engraved reproduction.

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  • Title: High force, Fall of the Tees, Yorkshire
  • Creator: Joseph Mallord William Turner
  • Date Created: 1816
  • Physical Dimensions: 28.3 x 40.3 cm sheet; 28.2 x 39.8 cm sight; 47.0 x 59.0 x 5.5 cm frame
  • Provenance: Walter Ramsden Fawkes, pre 1825, England, Farnley Hall, Otley near Leeds. a Member of Parliament and High Sherriff; Rev. Ayscough Fawkes, 1825-27 Jun 1890, England, by descent to Ayscough Fawkes. Sold Chritie's London, 27 June 1890, lot 39; Sir Henry Doulton, 27 Jun 1890-1897, England, Purchased from Ayscongh Fawkes' sale of Turner drawings from Farnley Hall through Christie's 27 June 1890 lot 39.; Miss Doulton, 1897-circa 1947, England, by descent, sold to P & D Colnaghi & Co.; P & D Colnaghi and Co, pre Mar 1947, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Colnaghi's 1947
  • Type: Watercolour
  • Rights: Purchased 1947
  • External Link: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/8030/
  • Medium: watercolour and scraping out
  • Signature & Date: Not signed. Not dated.
  • Artist Country: England