J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Road Seen through Trees, Probably in South Devon 1813

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 27 Verso:
A Road Seen through Trees, Probably in South Devon 1813
D09245
Turner Bequest CXXXI 27a
Pencil on white wove paper, 95 x 157 mm
Part watermark ‘Mill | 812’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Road’ at right in drawing
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This loose sketch only occupies the right-hand half of the horizontally turned page, giving a vignette effect in its focus on the horizontal line of the road through the trunks in the foreground. The setting, in common with identified sites in this sketchbook, is presumably South Devon. The subjects as far as folio 127 recto (D09358) are all identified or presumed sites within a few miles in and around Plymouth, suggesting a series of fairly short excursions.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Road Seen through Trees, Probably in South Devon 1813 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-road-seen-through-trees-probably-in-south-devon-r1147972, accessed 18 January 2021.