Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The Glaslyn from Traeth Mawr

?1799

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 550 x 770 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03648
Turner Bequest LX a G

Catalogue entry

Finberg noted with pleasure this ‘lovely p[ain]t[in]g from nature. harmony in fawns. Water in foreg[roun]d – and stream issuing from hills’.1 The present author has argued that the drawing might have been worked up in the studio;2 but its fresh and spontaneous handling, including revisions of the subject that modify the pencil outlines on which the colour is based, perhaps suggest that it was done entirely on the spot. The identification of the subject is tentative. For Traeth Mawr, see also Tate D03647 (Turner Bequest LX a F).
1
A.J. Finberg (died 1939), undated MS note in an interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, opposite p,162.
2
Wilton 1984, p.64.
Technical notes:
Traces of vertical centre fold.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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