Joseph Mallord William Turner

A River Scene with Trees and a Bridge

c.1825

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 188 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18609
Turner Bequest CCXII 9

Catalogue entry

This is the first of a sequence of twenty-five recto pages of watercolour landscape, sea and sky compositions, many of which evoke quiet Thames Valley scenes. The last is on folio 34 recto (D18638); for a checklist and general comments, see the sketchbook’s Introduction. Here the economy of means, the stark contrasts in tonality and the extensive areas of paper left bare in the foreground below the silhouetted bridge and the dark reflection of the trees give a sense of immediacy and contre-jour glare from the bright sky and light reflected off the river.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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