Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of Plants

c.1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16085
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 89 a

Catalogue entry

Turner often made drawings of plants and flowers, see for example the inside front cover of the Gandolfo to Naples sketchbook (Tate D40946). It has been suggested that this study is reminiscent of those in the Walmer Ferry sketchbook (for example Tate D10658; Turner Bequest CXLII 8) and therefore may also have been made near the Thames, at the same time as the artist sketched Windsor Castle, possibly in 1818 (see folio 92 verso, D16087; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 90 a).1

Nicola Moorby
September 2010

1
Butlin, Wilton and Gage 1974, pp.91 under no.232, 96 under no.259.

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