Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Wooded Landscape, Probably near the Highgate Archway, with a Distant Church Spire


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 95 × 157 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXXI 135 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, this hilly, wooded landscape provides little to indicate its location; Turner’s single-word inscription above what seems to be a spire on the horizon remains undeciphered. However, the drawings between folios 218 verso and 227 verso (D09362–D09380; Turner Bequest CXXXI 129a–138a) are all identified or likely views in the vicinity of the new Highgate Archway in the countryside north of London; they were probably made working in from the back of the book as now foliated. The subject is discussed under folio 128 verso (D09360; Turner Bequest CXXXI 128a), apparently incorrectly isolated from the rest of the sequence by a block of blank leaves.
Technical notes:
There is some staining at the top, which shows through to the recto (D09373) and matches that on folio 225 recto opposite (D09375; CXXXI 136), where there is a slight continuation of a treetop ‘above’ the present drawing.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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