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The Falls of Clyde 1801

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
The river Clyde cascades over the rocks and the spray from the falls fills the air. This is the earliest of Turner's watercolours of the Falls of Clyde which he visited on a sketching tour to the North of England and Scotland in 1801. Here he has moved away from a purely topographical description of the scene to one which is more dramatic in both colouring and light effects. He joined two pieces of sketchbook paper to accommodate this dynamic view. There are related watercolours in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight.

Glossary Open


Refers to landscape pictures that faithfully represent a real place as it is seen rather than an imaginary or distorted landscape.


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

Topographical , Watercolour


  • Acc. No. D NG 886
  • Medium Watercolour over pencil with some scraping on two sheets of paper joined and laid down
  • Size 41.30 x 52.10 cm
  • Credit Henry Vaughan Bequest 1900