Joseph Mallord William Turner
Dark Landscape with Trees and Mountains c.1798–9

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Dark Landscape with Trees and Mountains
Date c.1798–9
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LI M
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This is an oil sketch for a historic landscape with a dead or dying
figure. It was based on a drawing
in a sketchbook Turner used in Wales
in 1798. Turner has aimed for warm
and rich colouring, in order to evoke
a sombre mood and a grand effect. Unusually, he first prepared the canvas with a pink ground, in order to deepen the tone of his paint.


September 2004

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