Joseph Mallord William Turner

Historical Landscape

1807

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06568
Turner Bequest C 44

Catalogue entry

This drawing is rather more developed than many in this book, with extensive hatching and shading. It represents a classical landscape in the manner of Claude Lorrain or Gaspard Dughet, perhaps with Tobias or Hagar and the Angel. Folio 63 verso of the sketchbook (D06593; Turner Bequest C 58a) has notes on pictures by Old Masters. The colour note here might suggest that Turner was recording some other work, but sketches drawn from life in this book also have such notes, and folio 49 (D06569; Turner Bequest C 45) has a sketch of a graceful overhanging tree that appears to be a variant of one of those to right of centre here. Possibly it was an idea for the Liber Studiorum, for which other sketches in this book were used; see Introduction.
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
May 2006

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