Joseph Mallord William Turner An Avenue of Trees ?c.1822

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Artist
Title
An Avenue of Trees
Date ?c.1822
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 495 x 537 mm
frame: 625 x 670 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N05483

Catalogue entry

246. [N05483] An Avenue of Trees c. 1822?

THE TATE GALLERY, LONDON (5483)

Canvas, 19 1/2 × 21 1/8 (49·5 × 53·5)

Coll. Turner Bequest 1856 (177, I unidentified 1'9 1/4" × 1'7 1/2"; identified 1946 by chalk number on back); transferred to the Tate Gallery 1947.

Lit. Davies 1946, pp. 158, 189.

The composition is perhaps related to the background of What You Will!, exhibited in 1822 (No. 229), though in reverse. Turner overpainted the tops of the trees as sky, but the tops of the two trees in the centre are not completely covered.

There are considerable losses of original paint down the left-hand edge.

Published in:
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984

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