Joseph Mallord William Turner

Panoramic View of the Junction of the Rivers Severn and Wye

1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 229 x 332 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01335
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 81

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, Turner made this study the starting point for a view of the Junction of Severn and Wye in his Liber Studiorum series; the watercolour drawing is Tate D08132 (Turner Bequest CXVII E). Landscape with a River and Bay in the Distance, a late painting (Musée du Louvre, Paris),1 was probably based on the Liber plate, and so derives ultimately from the same study. See also the following page, folio 16 recto (D01262; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 12).
It is possible that Turner observed the rainstorm in the distance and painted it on the spot, though he very probably deferred adding colour to his drawing until he reached his lodgings.
1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.299–300 no.509, pl.511 (colour).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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