Joseph Mallord William TurnerWillows beside a Stream 1805

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Artist
Title
Willows beside a Stream
Date 1805
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 860 x 1162 mm frame: 1130 x 1427 x 94 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N02706
Not on display

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As well as making oil sketches on panel in 1805, Turner also made a series of sketches on canvas. Sometimes he worked on a boat, painting sketches on a roll of prepared canvas, which he presumably tacked in sections over a frame or board. Each subject was painted to a size approximately 3 by 4 feet (0.9 x 1.2m), which he regularly used for exhibited pictures. This suggests that, potentially, these sketches were the beginnings of pictures which could be refined later in the studio. Some of his exhibited Thames subjects shown after 1805 may even have been begun in this way.

August 2004

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