Joseph Mallord William Turner

Trees beside a River

c.1825

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 188 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18638
Turner Bequest CCXII 34

Catalogue entry

This contemplative wooded scene is the last of a sequence of twenty-five recto pages of watercolour landscape, sea and sky compositions beginning on folio 9 recto (D18609), many of which evoke Thames Valley scenes with water in the foreground; for a checklist and general comments, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.
Technical notes:
The bright green of the tree towards the left has been lifted out or manipulated with the artist’s fingers, leaving a prominent pattern of prints, perhaps with the intention of suggesting light through the foliage.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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