Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies of Plants including Charlock and Dock

c.1823–4

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 162 x 98 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17835
Turner Bequest CCV 1 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, Turner has carefully drawn and labelled various wild plants: charlock (Sinapis arvensis, field or wild mustard), dock (genus Rumex), cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris), field sorrel (Rumex acetosella), marsh mallow (Althaea officinalis), plantain (Plantago major), and wild garlic or ramson (Allium ursinum). What appears to read ‘Beggar’s Bind’ may be another name for Beggarticks (genus Bidens). There is another plant study on folio 2 recto opposite (D17836).
Among other such occasional studies, which were potential material for the foregrounds of finished compositions, there is a sequence of similar sketches in the earlier Liber Notes (2) sketchbook; see under Tate D12131 (Turner Bequest CLIV a 5).1

Matthew Imms
December 2014

1
For other examples see Warrell 1991, p.61.

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