Joseph Mallord William Turner

Young Anglers

c.1808

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 185 x 265 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08136
Turner Bequest CXVII I

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Turner’s treatment of landscape, closely studied from life, is rich with literary, historical and patriotic allusions. He described this work as a ‘Pastoral’. The scene is near the ‘Jew’s Harp’ tea garden in London’s Regent’s Park.

Blake rarely drew from nature. As far as we know, he never saw ‘England’s mountains green’ that he refers to in Jerusalem. In the illuminated book also called Jerusalem Blake mentions the same spot in the context of innocence, its loss and then the final redemption of England: ‘The Jews-harp-house... The Ponds where Boys to bathe delight’.

Gallery label, December 2004

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