Joseph Mallord William Turner
Chevening Park c.1801

Artwork details

Chevening Park
Date c.1801
Medium Oil and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 270 x 375 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XCV a D
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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As far as we know, Turner first experimented with oil sketching
from nature in Kent in 1799; his friend, Joseph Farington, recorded in his diary that he had been there 'painting from Beech Trees'. His tree studies, of which two are shown here, were made at Knockholt and in Chevening Park nearby. In them, Turner experimented with new combinations of media: mixing oil and watercolour on paper first prepared
with a sizing solution.


September 2004