Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Watermill

?1795

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 310 x 483 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00676
Turner Bequest XXVII O

Catalogue entry

This is a somewhat tentative essay, in which Turner can be seen washing large areas of the sheet with pale colour before working on the details of his subject. The palette is similar to that used in some studies in the South Wales sketchbook (Tate D00632, D00633, D00638; Turner Bequest XXVI 74, 75, 79). There are paint trials on three sides of the subject.
Technical notes:
This somewhat irregular sheet was evidently torn from one twice the size, on which a large copper plate had been impressed; this does not seem to have borne an image. The lower corners have been roughly torn away.
Verso:
Blank; stained and dirty; not stamped.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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