About this artwork

Caley Hall was part of the estate owned by Walter Fawkes of Farnley Hall (1769-1825), one of Turner’s greatest friends and patrons. Turner probably first visited Farnley in 1808 and returned on many occasions until Fawkes’s death in 1825. He made numerous drawings of the house, park and surrounding countryside. Here family members are shown returning from a hunt, attended by servants carrying the carcass of a stag. Turner contrasts the tranquillity and domestic order of the garden, with the bee hives and carefully tended flowers, to the rugged and untamed backdrop of Caley Crags beyond. A herd of deer can just be seen on top of the Crags.

Updated before 2020

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Joseph Mallord William Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner