Joseph Mallord William Turner

?A River, with Rushes

c.1834–6

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 77 x 101 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28804
Turner Bequest CCXCI b 13

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Turner often developed landscape ideas by means of rough colour sketches. In this tiny sketchbook Turner clearly explored his memories and/or imaginings, rather than recorded his direct observations. On the present page he elaborated a memorable river scene, although the visual data is so relatively minimal that the imagery verges on abstraction.

Gallery label, September 2004

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