Joseph Mallord William Turner

Wooded River Scenes; a Study of a Sunset Sky


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 190 × 111 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCIV 41 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, there are three wooded scenes, separated by roughly horizontal pencil lines. The first includes a large building or group of buildings, possibly in ruins, and the third shows what appears to be a house with the outlines of other buildings. The second study includes a strongly silhouetted shape, probably of a figure in a boat or punt, suggesting that all three views are on a river, probably the Thames; see under folio 2 recto (D17775).
Inverted relative to these towards the gutter is an annotated study of billowing clouds above trees and a vertical feature which may be the mast of a boat. The ‘orange’ and ‘Blood Red’ notes suggest a sunset scene. For other sky studies in this book, see the entry for the inside of the front cover (D40982). There are further landscape and sky studies inside the back cover opposite (D40983).

Matthew Imms
November 2014

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