Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study for a Classical Picture, Possibly Related to ‘Crossing the Brook’

c.1812–13

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 178 × 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09110
Turner Bequest CXXIX 36

Catalogue entry

The relationship between this composition and Crossing the Brook (Tate N00497)1 exhibited in 1815 does not seem to have been previously noticed. With the angular blocks of masonry in the left foreground, tall trees and bridge in the left middle distance, it perhaps more closely resembles the painting than folio 52 recto (D09129), below, which has been equated with the painting.
1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.93–4 no.130, pl.123.
Verso:
Blank, except for some splashes of ink offset from the drawing on folio 37 recto (D09111), opposite.

David Hill
October 2008

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