Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hills and Trees: ?A Paper Test

c.1820–30

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 265 x 222 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25420
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 297

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The methodical distribution of colours in this drawing suggests it was a paper test sheet. Turner constantly acquired paper and the gauging of its absorbency, resistance to colours and surface strength must have been a necessary preliminary to its use. Here perhaps Turner was loath just to test dabs of colour unrelated to any imagery, and so he created an improvisatory but fragmented composition.

Gallery label, September 2004

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