Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Pressed Leaf

1805

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 258 x 150 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40571

Catalogue entry

Finberg transcribed and commented on John Ruskin’s endorsement of the sketchbook:
... One leaf cut out, where a real leaf of herb is laid. The study cut out was of vegetation at Warwick. The leaf probably to illustrate it.
(Note.–The leaf still remains in its place. The study cut out has been found and restored to its proper place. It is a study at Windsor, not Warwick.)1
Finberg noted folio 35 recto (D05543) as ‘the “study of vegetation”’ referred to,2 although the subject is now identified as Syon House. David Hill describes this actual leaf, subsequently mounted and tipped in before it, in the context of Turner’s ‘retreat into nature and his contact with the physical stuff of which it was made’.3

Matthew Imms
November 2012

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.233
2
Ibid., p.235.
3
Hill 1993, p.30; see also Bailey 1997, p.93..

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