Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Road Seen through Trees, Probably in South Devon

1813

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 95 x 157 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09245
Turner Bequest CXXXI 27 a

Catalogue entry

This loose sketch only occupies the right-hand half of the horizontally turned page, giving a vignette effect in its focus on the horizontal line of the road through the trunks in the foreground. The setting, in common with identified sites in this sketchbook, is presumably South Devon. The subjects as far as folio 127 recto (D09358) are all identified or presumed sites within a few miles in and around Plymouth, suggesting a series of fairly short excursions.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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