Joseph Mallord William Turner

?A River, with Rushes

c.1834–6

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

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
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

Display caption

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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