Joseph Mallord William Turner

English Landscape

c.1810

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Medium
Oil on paper
Dimensions
Support: 192 x 268 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08272
Turner Bequest CXXI P

Display caption

More finished and darker in colour than the Devon sketches of 1813, this sketch is probably earlier. It shows a broad, rolling landscape, arranged in simple planes differentiated by tone and light with little indication of specific detail save for trees and shrubs. The style and topography have sometimes been associated with the two views of Lowther Castle Turner exhibited in 1810, although no such building appears.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

211a. [D08272] English Landscape c. 1810

THE BRITISH MUSEUM, LONDON (CXXI-P)

Oil on paper, irregular, 7 9/16 × 10 1/2 (19·2 × 26·7)

Inscr. ‘9’ on reverse

Coll. Turner Bequest 1856.

Lit. Finberg 1909, i, p. 335.

As Finberg points out, this finished oil sketch is close in style to the Lowther Castle landscapes, exhibited in 1810, Nos. 111 and 112. The general disposition of the landscape is similar, though no castle is shown, as are the rather wispy trees on the right and the foreground detail. It is more finished than the Devonshire sketches of 1813 and the tonality is darker. Finberg dates it c. 1809; the dating given here is slightly less precise in implication.

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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