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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Two Trees 1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 1 Verso:
Two Trees 1805
Turner Bequest XCIV 1a
Pencil on white laid paper, 143 x 228 mm
Stamped in black ‘XCIV 1a’ top right, running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject, a pair of graceful trees, is continued on folio 2 (D05847), forming an upright composition. Hill compares the trees in the unfinished oil The Thames Glimpsed between Trees, Possibly at Kew Bridge (Tate N05519) dated about 1806–7 by Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll.1 Both the drawing and the oil were probably done from nature and, while not directly related, show Turner focusing on naturalistic treatments of landscape features in his work beside the Thames.

David Blayney Brown
December 2007

Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.117 no.165 (pl.165).

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Two Trees 1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2007, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-two-trees-r1130069, accessed 20 October 2017.