Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of a Mill-Wheel and Leaves of Butterbur

1795

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 264 x 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00597
Turner Bequest XXVI 43

Catalogue entry

Turner only very occasionally interrupts his routine of drawing buildings and general views in order to study a weed or shrub growing near his path. The butterbur with its distinctive large round leaves was a favourite with many watercolour artists as providing simply achieved but effective foreground texture.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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