Joseph Mallord William TurnerTree Tops and Sky, Guildford Castle(?), Evening ?1807

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Tree Tops and Sky, Guildford Castle(?), Evening
Date ?1807
MediumOil paint on mahogany veneer
Dimensionssupport: 276 x 737 mm frame: 445 x 907 x 85 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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In 1805, Turner took a holiday exploring the Thames, and its tributary the Wey, by boat. The tour produced an outstanding body of oils painted directly from nature, some painted aboard his boat. Besides larger studies on canvas, of which two are shown in this room, he made a series of very freely handled sketches on mahogany panel. Like this distant view of Guildford Castle, they are often painted on a wide, shallow format from a low viewpoint, focusing mainly on trees and sky.

August 2004

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