Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of a Fallen Tree Lying Partly in Water

?1799

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 174 × 125 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01793
Turner Bequest XLII 118

Catalogue entry

The drawing is continued on folio 60 recto opposite (D01794; Turner Bequest XLII 119). Jerrold Ziff has suggested1 that that is a study for the tree-trunk in Turner’s 1802 Royal Academy painting Jason (Tate N00471).2 There does not seem to be sufficient specific similarity to justify this inference. Turner made a number of studies of felled or damaged trees at about this time, many of them probably in the grounds of Fonthill, Wiltshire, where he was working on commission for William Beckford in 1799.
1
Ziff 1980, p.168; see also Butlin and Joll 1984, p.19.
2
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.18 no.19, pl.15.
Technical notes:
There are some adventitious brown ink blots.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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