Joseph Mallord William Turner

Trees beside a River or Lake


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 210 × 272 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXVII H

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The colour range in this study of
trees beside a lake is typical of late eighteenth-century watercolourists: subdued blues, greens and greys,
and warmer earth tones. Turner has clearly tested each of his washes at
the bottom of the page before using
them in the picture.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

The position on the sheet of this fragmentary study suggests that Turner may have intended to incorporate it into a larger composition. Unfinished as it is, however, it is in effect a study of reflections in water. It is grouped with the drawings of 1795 for convenience but may date from a year earlier.
There are colour trials along the lower edge.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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