Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Wooded Valley

c.1807–14

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 69 x 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41431

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this slight sketch is not mentioned in Finberg’s 1909 listing of the Turner Bequest.1 There is a clump of trees on the right; the strokes resembling a ‘7’ to their left appear to be a perfunctory indication of a riverbank, since the horizontal stroke lines up with the horizon line in the sketch of a valley on folio 30 verso (D08330), of which the present drawing appears to be a continuation. There are various identified and likely subjects along the Thames Valley in this sketchbook, as discussed in the Introduction; this may be another.

Matthew Imms
September 2013

1
See A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.341.

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