In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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
D05846
Turner Bequest XCIV 1 a

Catalogue entry

The subject, a pair of graceful trees, is continued on folio 2 (D05847), forming an upright composition. Hill compares the trees in the unfinished oil The Thames Glimpsed between Trees, Possibly at Kew Bridge (Tate N05519) dated about 1806–7 by Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll.1 Both the drawing and the oil were probably done from nature and, while not directly related, show Turner focusing on naturalistic treatments of landscape features in his work beside the Thames.

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.117 no.165 (pl.165).

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