Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Studies of Foliage

1799

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 79 x 130 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02082
Turner Bequest XLVI 56 a

Catalogue entry

These two sketches, made with the page turned horizontally and separated by a vertical line, may or may not have been drawn directly from nature. They may be related to his ideas for the large watercolour of Caernarvon Castle, North Wales, shown at the Royal Academy in 1800 (Tate D04164; Turner Bequest LXX M),1 though they are too slight to be confidently identified as elements in that work.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.329 no.263, pl.52.

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