Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Tall Tree

c.1813

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 68 x 88 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09914
Turner Bequest CXXXV 16 a

Catalogue entry

The outer half of the sheet is missing, and may have been so when Turner acquired the sketchbook or at least by the time he came to use the adjacent folio 15 verso (D09912), as a single slight drawing of a tree runs across the two overlapping pages. The loss amounts to 45 mm at the sides, extending irregularly to 57 mm towards the centre. Continued over the gutter here is the topmost foliage of what may be the same tree shown again on folio 17 recto opposite (D09915), under which its possible significance is discussed.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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