Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of Water Falling over Rocks

c.1794

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 99 x 152 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00267
Turner Bequest XX 6

Catalogue entry

This is a very uncharacteristic exercise, using the pencil to create tonal contrasts, a technique suggested by the difficulty of depicting moving water by outline alone. Turner was to develop his technical response to moving water in a number of studies and finished watercolours stemming from his Welsh tour of 1795.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram centre.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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