Joseph Mallord William Turner
View of a Town c.1798

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View of a Town
Date c.1798
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 241 x 324 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Not on display

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Turner painted this little picture as an exercise in the manner of Richard Wilson. It was probably not intended for sale. Besides Italian and historic landscapes, Wilson had excelled in unassuming studies of pure landscape, painted broadly in subdued colours. Turner singled him out as an artist whose style was especially suited to the British landscape and character. This view may be on the River Wye or in Wilson's native Wales. Turner visited sites associated with Wilson on a Welsh tour in 1798 and later reminisced about 'the days of my youth when I was in search of Richard Wilson's birthplace'.

August 2004

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