Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Group of Trees beside Water

?1799

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 174 × 125 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01681
Turner Bequest XLII 6

Catalogue entry

The drawing is continued on folio 4 recto opposite (Tate D01682; Turner Bequest XLII 7). Given the similarity of medium it is possible that it was executed at the same time as that on folios 6 verso–7 recto (D01687–D01688; Turner Bequest XLII 12–13), which was evidently made while Turner was working at Fonthill in 1799. The use of chalks exemplifies Turner’s attitude to the mid-toned paper of this book: he regarded it as an opportunity to explore tonal structures as well as simple outlines.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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