Joseph Mallord William Turner

Outline Studies of Foliage Forms

1798

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 152 x 178 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40246

Catalogue entry

These exercises, not mentioned in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory,1 are similar to those found on the backs of some of Turner’s copy drawings for pupils (see the ‘Copy-Drawings 1794–8’ section of this catalogue), and it is possible that the repeated subject on the recto (D00715; Turner Bequest XXIX J) was executed for a student. Despite scholarly doubts – both Finberg and C.F. Bell questioned the authorship of this page2 – it seems to be by Turner himself.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

1
See A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.59.
2
See undated MS notes by Finberg (died 1939) and Bell (died 1966) in copies of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.59.

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