Joseph Mallord William Turner Study for a Classical Landscape 1805

Artwork details

Study for a Classical Landscape
Date 1805
Medium Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 258 x 150 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XC 43 a
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Catalogue entry

This composition continues on folio 44 (D05559) and is further extended slightly on the right of folio 45 (D05560). The design is classical, but elements of the setting, including a wooden bridge, might be borrowed from views near Kew Palace in this sketchbook. A rather more elaborate classical composition, also involving a rustic bridge, on folios 57 verso–58 (D05582–D05583) may be a development of this design.

David Blayney Brown
August 2007

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