Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of Trees

c.1816–19

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 155 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10567
Turner Bequest CXL 79 a

Catalogue entry

Continued on folio 88 of the sketchbook (D10568; Turner Bequest CXL 80), the image appears inverted according to the present foliation. There is a further double-spread study of trees on folios 88 verso–89 (D10569–D10570; Turner Bequest CXL 80a–81). The trees are presumably on Richmond Hill and Butlin and Joll cite these drawing along with others running to folio 90 (D10572; Turner Bequest CXL 82) as similar in general terms to the composition of England: Richmond Hill, on the Prince Regent’s Birthday (Tate N00502)1 exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1819. The picture has tall, elegant trees framing its composition.

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

1
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.106–7 no.140 (pl.145).

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