Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Trees, Topiary or Rocks

1797

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Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 259 x 398 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40061

Catalogue entry

Not mentioned in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory,1 the freely drawn outlines of this slight sketch may represent trees, topiary, or rocks; if the latter, this is possibly a study made at Plompton Rocks. See also Tate D02389, D02392 and D17202 (Turner Bequest LI V, Y, CXCVII L).
There is a sketch in the park at Harewood on the recto (D02387; Turner Bequest LI T).
1
See A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.130.
Technical notes:
There are extensive paint trials towards the bottom and the right. The sheet has been folded vertically down the centre. For more on the paper, see under D02387.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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