Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Bend of the River Wye under High Cliffs

1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 269 x 376 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02354
Turner Bequest L M

Catalogue entry

The identification of the view as a scene on the Wye is not confirmed.
Technical notes:
In this unfinished study Turner experiments freely with the technique of stopping-out: once the pigment had been removed by means of a brush loaded with clean water, and the paper blotted, further colour could be added in the areas rendered blank. This procedure was to be an important feature of his work in watercolour the following decade.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by a later hand in pencil ‘16’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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