Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Group of Trees

1801

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 156 x 92 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03622
Turner Bequest LIX 181 a

Catalogue entry

The drawing is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation. There is another study of trees on folio 182 verso (D03624). For Turner’s interest in trees during his 1801 Scottish tour, see the Introduction to the Scotch Lakes sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest LVI). However, these studies may have been made at about the same time as the canal drawings on folios 183 verso, 184 verso and 185 verso (D03626, D03628, D03630), that is, probably in Yorkshire.
The strongly tonal technique of these two drawings may be related to the experimental ‘Scottish Pencils’ sheets associated with this tour (Tate; Turner Bequest LVIII).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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