Joseph Mallord William TurnerWild Plants c.1807

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Wild Plants
From River Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XCVI
Date c.1807
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 92 x 163 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XCVI 2
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Recto:
Wild Plants circa 1807
Turner Bequest XCVI 2
Pencil on white laid paper, 92 x 163 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘2’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XCVI 2’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
For another study of wild plants including dock see folio 1 of the sketchbook (D05961). The 1974 Royal Academy catalogue suggested that this more closely observed still life served as the basis for the cluster of plants in the right foreground of Turner’s watercolour More Park, near Watford, on the River Colne (Tate D18141; Turner Bequest CCVIII H) made for the Rivers of England. The view was based on folio 49 (D06071).

David Blayney Brown
October 2006

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