Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches for: ‘The Lake, Petworth: Sunset, Fighting Bucks’ (Top); ‘The Lake, Petworth: Sunset, a Stag Drinking’ (Centre); ‘Petworth Park: Tillington Church in the Distance’ (Bottom)


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 112 × 184 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCXLI 380

Technique and condition

This is a group of three graphite pencil sketches on light-medium weight, grey wove paper depicts three small landscape studies on the right-hand side of the support. Each of the images differs slightly. The central image is reasonably detailed and is quite clear and sharp in line formation. The other two images appear to be a little more hurried. The pencil here may have been blunter than that used on the other image, and its use may have been lighter. The subtle difference between these two images is that the lower image is slightly looser in character.
There is some light creasing in the upper left corner and a small but old, and now repaired, crease in the lower right corner. This work is in good condition.

Jo Gracey
March 2002

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