Joseph Mallord William Turner

Beech Trees near Raby Castle


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 232 × 328 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLVI 24 a

Catalogue entry

The trees were presumably recorded on or near the south-west side of the Raby estate during Turner’s perambulations. Wilkinson identifies them as beeches; his page reference was apparently confused with that for folio 29 recto (D12286; CLVI 15a) which bears a similar inscription.
As now bound and foliated, sketches of the castle and its surroundings fill most of the second half of the sketchbook, from folio 17 recto (D12298; CLVI 22a) to folio 32 recto (D12309; CLVI 28).
Technical notes:
There are glue stains at the corners and signs of rubbing and mottled staining across much of the surface, from when the page was stuck down while the verso (D12301; CLVI 24) was exhibited. There are rough pencil marks towards the head and tail of the gutter, presumably relics of the mounting process.

Matthew Imms
February 2010

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