Joseph Mallord William Turner

A River Scene, with Trees

c.1825

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 188 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18611
Turner Bequest CCXII 10

Display caption

This small sketchbook contains many pencil studies that served as the basis of two important watercolours of the view from Richmond Hill. It also includes a number of extremely vivacious watercolour sketches of river scenery. In many of them, such as the present drawing, Turner took advantage of the slight resistance of the paper to certain pigments. Such speckling of the colour makes the light sparkle.

Gallery label, September 2004

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