Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of a Teal Flying


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Watercolour on paper
Support: 272 × 437 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 341

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During his visits to Farnley Hall, the Yorkshire home of his friend Walter Fawkes, Turner was drawn into the family's interest in ornithology. He contributed a group of twenty watercolour bird portraits to a series
of illustrative albums compiled for the library at Farnley. These contained documentation as well as examples
of the plumage of each species.


This study arises from a similar
interest in natural history. It is one of
a pair of studies in which Turner sought
to capture the motion of a bird as it
began or ended its flight.


Gallery label, August 2004

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