Catalogue entry

531. [N05513] Landscape with Water c. 1840–5

THE TATE GALLERY, LONDON (5513)

Canvas, 48 × 71 1/2 (122 × 182)

Coll. Turner Bequest 1856 (262, ‘I (Lake Scene)’ 6'0" × 4'0 1/4"; identified 1946 by chalk number on back); transferred to the Tate Gallery 1947.

Exh. New York 1966 (21, repr. p. 11); Edinburgh 1968 (21); Prague, Bratislava (148) and Vienna (58) 1969; Tokyo and Kyoto 1970–71 (44, repr. in colour); Dresden (14) and Berlin (23) 1972; Lisbon 1973 (16, repr.); Mexico City (4) and Caracas (3) 1979; Light, Arts Council, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, and Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, only, October– December 1983 (41, repr. in colour).

Lit. Davies 1946, pp. 163–4, 190; Rothenstein and Butlin 1964, p. 50, colour pl. xix; Gowing 1966, p. 45, repr. p. 11; Herrmann 1978, p. 773; Butlin 1981, p. 45.

Dated c. 1840–5 by Gowing and even later, perhaps, by Herrmann. The canvas bears a form of Thomas Brown stamp that seems only to have come into use in about 1839, and in style and handling the painting is, though larger, comparable to the unfinished oils of Liber Studiorum subjects, Nos. 509–19. The composition is however similar to many of Turner's Italianate landscapes of the 1830s or even earlier (c.f. among watercolours the sketch for the large watercolour Landscape: Composition of Tivoli, exhibited at the R.A. in 1818 (474); repr. Wilton 1979, pls. 169 and 165 (in colour) respectively).

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