Early English Water-Colour Drawings of the Great Masters

Early English Water-Colour Drawings of the Great Masters

A. J. Finberg


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Excerpt: “It is not known for certain exactly when or how Turner became acquainted with Mr. Walter Ramsden Hawksworth Fawkes of Farnley Hall. Several biographers say that Turner first met Mr. Fawkes about 1802, when the artist was in Yorkshire making drawings for one of the series of topographical works dealing with parts of Yorkshire which Dr. Whitaker, the vicar of Whalley, prepared and published. But Whitaker’s “History of the Parish of Whalley,” which was published about this date, contains no reference to Farnley, and deals with a part of Yorkshire and Lancashire at some distance from Farnley. The only book of Dr. Whitaker which contains any illustrations connected with Farnley Hall is the “Loidis and Elmete,” published in 1816, and we know that Turner had become intimate with Mr. Fawkes some years before this date."


A. J. Finberg:
Alexander Joseph Finberg (1886–1939) was an art historian focused on the History of British Art who was a founder of the Walpole Society and an expert on J. M. W. Turner.