Not on display
257. [N05523] Landscape Composition c. 1820–30
THE TATE GALLERY, LONDON (5523)
Canvas, 21 5/8 × 29 1/2 (55 × 75)
Coll. Turner Bequest 1856 (161, 1 unidentified 2'6" × 1' 9 1/2"; identified 1946 by chalk number on back); transferred to the Tate Gallery 1947.
Lit. Davies 1946, pp. 165, 188.
Formerly called ‘A Common (?)’, this is a simple lay-in for a landscape, or possibly for a seapiece though the colours suggest the former. The foreground is a band of brown with, above, a rather narrower band of brownish green; the rest of the picture consists of various shades of off-white in preparation for a cloudy sky. The picture, which has not yet been cleaned, can only be very tentatively dated to the 1820s; the basing of the composition on parallel bands of colour seems to derive from Turner's practice in watercolour in, for instance, the ‘Como and Venice’ sketchbook of 1819 (CLXXXI-10, 11 and 12; a somewhat similar study from the ‘Rome: C. [Colour] Studies’ sketchbook of the same year, CLXXXIX-55, is repr. in colour Wilkinson 1974, p. 189).
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984