Joseph Mallord William Turner

Five Landscape Sketches with Weather Effects

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 189 x 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16024
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 58

Catalogue entry

The locations represented within these five landscape sketches remain unidentified, although they were probably drawn from the road travelling through the hilly countryside to the south-east of Rome. The bottom two vistas appear to depict a medieval tower. The main focus of interest, however, is the effects of weather and light within the scenery. The upper three studies in particular represent the onset of a rain shower and the artist has annotated the sequence with written notes regarding colour and atmospheric conditions.

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

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