J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

Joseph Mallord William Turner Trees beside a West Country Path or Stream 1811

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 116 Verso:
Trees beside a West Country Path or Stream 1811
D08584
Turner Bequest CXXIII 113a
Pencil on white wove writing paper, 117 x 75 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
There is a path or stream receding to the right. The tree on the left is heavily and vigorously shaded to suggest deep shadow. There are no identifiable landmarks as lightly indicated foliage screens the distance, below which marks may indicate figures or animals, but given the sketch’s position among Cornish views at this stage in the sketchbook, it may also show a scene in the county.

Matthew Imms
June 2011

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Trees beside a West Country Path or Stream 1811 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2011, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-trees-beside-a-west-country-path-or-stream-r1137061, accessed 28 August 2014.