British School 18th century Dedham Vale c.1795–1800

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Title
Dedham Vale
Date c.1795–1800
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 215 x 266 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04173
Turner Bequest LXX V
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This little oil, quite probably painted from nature, may be dated to the end of the eighteenth century. It belongs to the Turner Bequest, but is clearly not by Turner himself. Its style combines reminiscences of Richard Wilson in the creamily painted distances and of Alexander and J.R.Cozens in the fir trees on the left, with a more advanced looseness of touch and brightness of tone. As the subject is definitely Dedham, seen from Langham with the Stour estuary in the distance, it may have served to remind Turner of the characteristic imagery that Constable drew direct from nature.

August 2004

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