Joseph Mallord William Turner

Wooded Landscapes, Possibly Designs for Pictures

c.1823–4

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 190 x 111 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17830
Turner Bequest CCIV 40

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, Turner has made three separate landscape studies, perhaps all inspired by Thames Valley scenery (see under folio 2 recto; D17775) but possibly also functioning as ideas for pictorial compositions. The use of black chalk combined with wash to create strong chiaroscuro effects is unusual in Turner’s sketchbooks. There is a whole-page chalk drawing of a woodland scene on the verso (D17831).
Technical notes:
John Ruskin’s customary red ink page number beside the later stamp is not readily apparent here, although those on other leaves of this sketchbook are generally very faint.

Matthew Imms
November 2014

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