Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Wooded Bank ?in Upper Normandy
From Eu and Treport Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCCLIX
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 231 x 330 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLIX 18
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Like D35444 and D35446 (Turner Bequest CCCLIX 9, 11) this elaborate watercolour sketch depicts the wooded bank of a river or lake, perhaps in the Bresle valley. Multiple techniques have been used to create nocturnal or crepuscular effects: strong tonal contrasts are formed towards the left of the sheet between opaque, indigo washes and areas of ‘reserved’ paper; in the lower register meanwhile, the impression of shimmering reflection has been created with the ‘lifting off’ of glazes and perhaps with wax resistance.
Blank; except for patches of watercolour.
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