Lot 405
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Joseph Mallord William Turner R.A. 1775-1851

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  • Joseph Mallord William Turner R.A.
  • Valley of the Dhoon, India
  • watercolour over pencil heightened with scratching out
  • ENGRAVED: By W. Floyd, Views in India, 1838, (R. 611)


Elhabab Bicknell, His sale at Christie's 25th April 1862, Lot 114, bt. Vokins;
Joseph Harrison, His sale at Christie's 2 May 1881, Lot 109, bt Agnews;
S.W.R. Brocklebank;
Private Collection


W.G. Rawlinson, The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, London, 1913, vol. II, p. 317, np. 611;
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner,  1979, no. 1296, as untraced

Catalogue Note

The present watercolour is one of a series of seven executed by Turner for Lieutenant George Francis White's Views in India, chiefly among the Himalaya Mountains. Further examples of this series can be found in the collection of the National Gallery of Scotland, Leeds City Art Gallery and Blackburn Art Gallery.

Turner's watercolours are based on sketches by White, who served in the 13th Regiment of Foot in India from 1825 until 1846. The subsequent publication was issued in 1836-7 and proving popular with a total of thirty illustrations. Included alongside those by Turner were engravings after Clarkson Stanfield, David Roberts and Charles Bentley.

The Valley of the Dhoon lies in the Shiwalik hills in the province of Uttaranchal, Northern India.