Joseph Mallord William Turner Archway with Trees by the Sea; Sketch for ‘The Parting of Hero and Leander’ c.1827–8

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Artist
Title
Archway with Trees by the Sea; Sketch for ‘The Parting of Hero and Leander’
Date c.1827–8
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 594 x 870 mm
frame: 775 x 1047 x 60 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N03381
Not on display

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This in one of seven oil sketches originally on one long roll of canvas. Turner is usually thought to have painted them in Rome in 1828 but he may have worked on them earlier. Turner attached the canvas to a temporary support, such as a wooden board, while working, leaving tack holes around the edges. These sketches set out classical compositions in the manner of Claude Lorrain. This design was used for his finished picture The Parting of Hero and Leander which is also in this room.

August 2004

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