Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hedging and Ditching

c.1808

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 184 x 258 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08151
Turner Bequest CXVII W

Display caption

This image, which Turner described as a ‘Pastoral’, shows a landscape of the England (‘Albion’) of Blake’s day. It does not conform exactly to the words ‘Albions lovely land’ which Blake inscribed on the proof frontispiece to the book Jerusalem also shown in this display. Showing men hard at work it is not a scene from the Golden Age of man’s innocence. But the future return of the Golden Age is implied in the concluding words of  the hymn Jerusalem: that of peace built in our ‘green & pleasant land’.    

Gallery label, July 2008

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