Joseph Mallord William Turner River Scene, with Trees c.1825

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Title
River Scene, with Trees
From Thames Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCXII
Date c.1825
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 114 x 188 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18611
Turner Bequest CCXII 10
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This small sketchbook contains many pencil studies that served as the basis of two important watercolours of the view from Richmond Hill. It also includes a number of extremely vivacious watercolour sketches of river scenery. In many of them, such as the present drawing, Turner took advantage of the slight resistance of the paper to certain pigments. Such speckling of the colour makes the light sparkle.

September 2004

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