Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketch of a Tree, Possibly a Study for ‘An Old Oak’, Rogers’s ‘Poems’

c.1830–2

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 191 x 248 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41513

Catalogue entry

This rough sketch of a tree appears on the verso of Turner’s vignette illustration, Ship-building (An Old Oak Dead). The watercolour was engraved and published in the 1834 edition of Rogers’s Poems, where it appears as the tail-piece to a poem entitled, ‘To an Old Oak’ (see Tate D27692; Turner Bequest CCLXXX 175). The sketch is probably a preliminary drawing for an accompanying vignette, An Old Oak, the head-piece for the same poem (see Tate D27691; Turner Bequest CCLXXX 174).

Meredith Gamer
August 2006

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