Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of Fish: Two Tench, a Trout and a Perch

c.1822–4

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite, watercolour and bodycolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 275 x 470 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25462
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 339

Display caption

Fishing was something of an obsession for Turner (his rod is on display in Gallery 103) and earlier in his career Sir John Leicester of Tabley Hall had complained that Turner spent more time fishing than painting. He is also known to have caught fish near his Thames-side home at Twickenham, at Farnley Hall in Yorkshire, in the lake at Petworth, and at the Derbyshire home of his friend James Holworthy.

Gallery label, August 2004

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