Joseph Mallord William Turner

Wooded Landscape near Fontainebleau

1802

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 138 x 215 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04395
Turner Bequest LXXIII 3

Catalogue entry

Hill describes this as Turner’s first drawing made on his journey from Paris to Lyon, done ‘while stopping to change horses or have lunch’.1 The journey of some forty miles from the capital would have taken the equivalent of a morning. Hill notes the classical symmetry of this sketch, the landscape having perhaps reminded Turner of pictures by Claude Lorrain.
1
Hill 1992, p.25.
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
June 2004

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