Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Leafless Tree near a Cottage in a Wood

1799

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 225 x 329 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01988
Turner Bequest XLV 48

Catalogue entry

The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally. Ian Warrell, following Warburton’s tacit association of the drawing with Turner’s tour for Dr Whitaker,1 assumes that this is a scene ‘near Whalley’,2 as indeed it may be; though there is no internal evidence to confirm this. The stone and slate construction of the cottage or hut, with its grindstone outside the door, is consistent with a location in both Lancashire and North Wales. The slight studies of battlements on the verso (D41274) are however perhaps more likely to be connected with Caernarvon or Beaumaris than Whalley; compare folio 5 verso (D01917).
1
See Warburton 1982, p.16.
2
See Warrell 1991, p.40.
Technical notes:
The sheet is discoloured from exposure.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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