Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Near Isleworth: Trees by a River with a Distant Building

1805

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 117 × 182 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06194
Turner Bequest XCVIII 10

Catalogue entry

Wilkinson comments that this subject, ‘whatever it was intended for, is unmistakable English parkland’. Edward Croft-Murray, in pencil annotations to a copy of Finberg in Tate’s Library, states ‘Thames near Isleworth’, the most likely location. Butlin and Joll, followed by Hill, compare the arrangement of the trees to the contemporary, unfinished oil Trees Beside the River, with Bridge in the Middle Distance (Tate N02692)1 which is in turn related to drawings in the Studies for Pictures: Isleworth sketchbook to which Turner added classical and mythological elements (Tate D05577, D05579; Turner Bequest XC 55, 56). While these connections are circumstantial, as Hill observes, they suggest a common origin in familiar Thames scenery and also Turner’s tendency to idealise it or give it a neo-classical character; Hill describes the present drawing as ‘Liber-ised’ on comparison with such scenes in the Liber Studiorum and following on folios 11, 12, 13 and 14 (D06195, D06196, D06197, D06198).
1
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.118 no.169 (pl.169).
Verso:
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David Blayney Brown
July 2008

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