Joseph Mallord William Turner

Trees by the Lake in Old Fonthill Park, with a River God seated among Rushes

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: 469 x 330 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02196
Turner Bequest XLVII 19

Catalogue entry

The statue of a river god was evidently one of the ornaments in the grounds of Fonthill Splendens, laid out by ‘Alderman’ Beckford (William Beckford, 1709–1770), the father of Turner’s patron William Beckford (1760–1844); see D02178 (Turner Bequest XLVII 1).
There are unrelated sketches from paintings by Claude Lorrain on the verso (D41265).
Technical notes:
There are smears of blue, green, yellow and brown colour. For a proposed sequence for the leaves of the disbound Fonthill sketchbook, with this page as folio 21, see the Introduction.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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