Joseph Mallord William Turner

Copy of Richard Wilson’s ‘Landscape with Bathers, Cattle and Ruin’

1796–7

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 188 x 234 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00880
Turner Bequest XXXIII I

Catalogue entry

Compare the studies in the contemporary Wilson sketchbook (Tate D01209–D01210, D01215–D01216; Turner Bequest XXXVII 92–93, 98–99). Referring to the version of the composition at Tate, Finberg noted many ‘differences in detail’ between Turner’s copy and Richard Wilson’s painting Landscape with Bathers, Cattle and Ruin of about 1770–5 (Tate N01290),1 and concluded that Turner was ‘working to some extent from memory’.2
1
See W.G. Constable, Richard Wilson, London and Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1953, p.213 notes to pl.99b, ‘River, with Bathers, Cattle and a Ruin’, under which other versions and their compositional variations are discussed.
2
Finberg 1909, I, p.66.
Verso:
Inscribed in pen and black ink: ‘107 | Study from Wilson’

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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