Joseph Mallord William Turner

Trees in a Landscape with Distant Hills

c.1798–9

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 140 × 216 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01858
Turner Bequest XLIII 40 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the page turned horizontally, this composition study is perhaps related to the landscape that Turner drew in his contemporary Lancashire and North Wales sketchbook (Tate D01937; Turner Bequest XLV 19a), and a watercolour study which is perhaps an unfinished work connected with his project to illustrate the destruction of the Welsh Bards (Tate D04165; Turner Bequest LXX N).
There is a study on folio 47 verso (D01870; Turner Bequest 46a) which has a similar broad landscape punctuated by two trees, in which boat-building activity seems to be in train in the foreground; it has the air of an ancient, perhaps classical subject. See also folio 46 verso (D01868; Turner Bequest XLIII 45a), where another view with distant hills has ships on a waterway in the foreground.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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