Joseph Mallord William Turner Cows in a Landscape with a Footbridge c.1805–7

Artwork details

Cows in a Landscape with a Footbridge
Date c.1805–7
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 479 x 711 mm
frame: 692 x 917 x 65 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Not on display

Catalogue entry

196. [N04657] Cows in a Landscape with a Footbridge c. 1805–7

Canvas, 18 7/8 × 28 (48 × 71)

Coll. Turner Bequest 1856; transferred to the Tate Gallery 1938.

Exh. Arts Council tour 1952 (4).

Close in style and technique to the larger Thames sketches of c. 1806–7. The subject and, in general terms and in reverse, the composition were followed in a plate in the first part of the Liber Studiorum, ‘Bridge and Cows’, R. 2, published on 11 June 1807 and classified as ‘P’ for Pastoral (repr. Finberg 1924, p. 7; the preliminary drawing, CXVI-A, and etching repr. p. 6). In addition the rectangular form seen through the break in the trees in the centre foreshadows another Liber plate, ‘Solitude’, R. 53, published 12 May 1814 and itself developed in a much later oil painting, No. 515 [N01985] (the Liber plate, classified as ‘E.P.’ for ‘Elegant [?] Pastoral’, is repr. Finberg 1924, p. 211).

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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