Joseph Mallord William Turner
Study of Fish: Two Tench, a Trout and a Perch c.1822–4

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Study of Fish: Two Tench, a Trout and a Perch
Date c.1822–4
Medium Graphite, watercolour and bodycolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 275 x 470 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 339
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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.

August 2004

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