Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Tall Trees

c.1813

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 88 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09919
Turner Bequest CXXXV 19

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the page turned vertically, this sketch continues with the tree tops ‘above’ on folio 18 verso opposite (D09918). As with the drawings on preceding pages, it may relate to the intertwined trees on the left of Turner’s large painting Crossing the Brook, exhibited in 1815 (Tate N00497).1 For further discussion of various landscape and tree studies in this sketchbook in that context, see under folio 14 recto (D09910).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.93–4 no.130, pl.123 (colour).

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