Joseph Mallord William Turner

Trees by the Thames; ?Sutton Courtenay

1805

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 143 x 228 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05893
Turner Bequest XCIV 37 a

Catalogue entry

See catalogue note to folio 35 verso of the sketchbook (D05889), a slighter sketch that seems to show the same pollarded willow near the centre and group of trees to its right; 36 verso (D05891) has similar features and clearly shows Wittenham Clumps in the right distance. The stretch of river in all three sketches may be near Sutton Courtenay, as Hill suggests for the present example, which he also relates to the contemporary, unfinished oil Washing Sheep (Tate N02699);1 this is surely correct, although elsewhere, while noting the presence of Wittenham Clumps in the background, he suggests the oil depicts scenery near Dorchester. It had formerly been suggested that the oil represents the River Wey.2

David Blayney Brown
December 2007

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.119 no.173 (pl.173).
2
Letter from Christopher Pinsent, 2 March 1970, cited ibid.

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