Joseph Mallord William Turner

Landscape with Ruins on a Bank above a River

1796–7

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Medium
Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 93 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01209
Turner Bequest XXXVII 92

Catalogue entry

The composition continues across folio 46 recto opposite (D01210; Turner Bequest XXXVII 93). Finberg suggested1 that this is a memorandum of River, Seacoast and Circular Ruin, known as ‘Morning’2 by Richard Wilson (?1713–1782), but the similarities are slight. It is probable, though, that the study does record a Wilson composition; compare another copy after Wilson (Tate D00880; Turner Bequest XXXIII I).

Andrew Wilton
September 2012

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.82.
2
See W.G. Constable, Richard Wilson, London 1953, pp.217–18 notes to pl.106a.

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