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Coniston Old Man: 1587

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Current Location: In storage


Coniston Old Man


Draughtsman: Turner, Joseph Mallord William (Ascribed to)




History note: Dr Crawford J. Pocock (see L. 579); John Ruskin; Arthur Severn sale, Sotheby's, 20 May 1931, lot 113, bt. for the Friends of the Fitzwilliam (£10)

Measurements and weight

Height: 252 mm
Width: 362 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1931) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

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Materials used in production

Blue-grey wash

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing (image-making) : Recto: blue-grey wash with some graphite verso: graphite on paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Turner's first sketch of Coniston Old Man and on the back the lions of the coat of arms drawn in his Father's shop. This is quite right. Arthur Severn discovered the sketch among those I was going to return to Dr Pocock - of whom I begged it when I saw what it was. I now make it No. 1 of the Brantwood series of Turner's drawings - John Ruskin, 22d March 1889
  • Location: Backboard
  • Method of creation: Graphite

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 1587
Primary reference Number: 14042
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 14 August 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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