Catalogue entry

39. [N03557] Landscape with Lake and Fallen Tree c. 1800?

Canvas, 15 3/8 × 23 7/8 (39 × 60·5)

Coll. Turner Bequest 1856 (? 166, I unspecified 2'1" × 1'4"); transferred to the Tate Gallery 1919.

Exh. New Zealand (3), Australia and South Africa (54) 1936–9; Paris 1953 (70, repr. pl. 35).

Formerly called ‘Lake Scene: A Fallen Tree’. Apparently left unfinished and also rather worn, this picture is probably rather earlier than it at first appears. The composition and particularly the reclining figure with raised leg still reflect the influence of Wilson, and the picture lacks the classicising tendencies of the works following Turner's studies in the Louvre in 1802.

Published in:
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984