Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Foliage of a Group of Trees

1799

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 225 x 329 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01980
Turner Bequest XLV 41 a

Catalogue entry

Made with the page turned horizontally, this rather tight, conventionally handled study is stylistically uncharacteristic of Turner’s drawing at the time he was using this sketchbook, and it forms a complete contrast to the four loose sketches on the preceding leaves (versos of folios 37–40; D01972, D01974, D01976, D01978). It may be by a hand other than Turner’s, perhaps that of a member of the household of one of his hosts – Whitaker at The Holme (see folios 14 verso–15 recto; D01928–D01929), Parker at Browsholme (see folio 28 recto; D01954) or Townley at Towneley Hall (see folio 46 recto; D01985; Turner Bequest XLV 45).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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