Joseph Mallord William Turner

Landscape with Trees near a Castle


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Ink and graphite on paper
Support: 135 × 210 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXIX 84

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the page turned horizontally, this slight study is apparently related both in technique and subject to the drawings on folios 13 recto and 16 recto (D04007, D04010), which seem to be ideas for a composition of Flint Castle.
The recto is blank, albeit numbered in red ink ‘84’ and stamped in black ‘LXIX-84’ at the bottom right. Finberg’s 1909 Inventory numbers the drawing on the present page without a customary ‘a’ suffix to indicate a verso.1 Either this was an oversight, or the page has since been rebound the other way round; see the sketchbook’s Introduction regarding its disrupted page order in general. This page was first assigned the Tate accession number D04097, but this was subsequently cancelled and D04096, intended initially for the recto in tandem with the Turner Bequest number, is now used instead.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

Revised by Matthew Imms
March 2015

Finberg 1909, I, p.172.

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