Joseph Mallord William Turner

Brook and Trees

c.1806–7

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 289 x 228 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08268
Turner Bequest CXXI L

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The picturesque simplicity of this watercolour has much in common with some of the sketches Turner made on the river Thames. Its subject is unknown, but the footbridge resembles a bridge in a later sketch of Berry Pomeroy Castle in south Devon.

 

The dry brush used to paint the foliage creates the effect of light just breaking through the trees. Dozens of fingerprints can be seen on this sheet, especially around the base of the group of trees
at the right. Turner often moved and blended the paint with his fingers.

 

Gallery label, August 2004

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