Falls near the Source of the Jumna in the Himalayas about 1836
Turner did not travel to India. This watercolour is based on a sketch by Lieutenant George Francis White and is one of seven Turner made after White's sketches. They were engraved for a publication of 'Views of India, chiefly among the Himalaya Mountains' in 1838. Turner's imaginative interpretation of the scene drew on his direct experience of other mountainous regions. The small figures standing by a tent are dwarfed by the huge waterfalls thundering over enormous rocks.

Glossary Open

Engraving

The printmaking technique in which an image is inscribed on a copper plate with a tool that cuts a groove in the surface. This groove holds the ink that creates the print when it is applied to paper. Also refers to the method of making an incision on a material such as glass.

Watercolour

A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Engraving, Watercolour

Details

  • Acc. No. D NG 862
  • Medium Watercolour with scraping on paper
  • Size 13.60 x 20.20 cm
  • Credit Henry Vaughan Bequest 1900