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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner An Idealised Italianate Landscape with Trees beside Water c.1828-9

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
An Idealised Italianate Landscape with Trees beside Water c.1828–9
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 86
Watercolour on white wove paper, 310 x 489 mm
Watermark ‘C Ansell | 1828’
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘86’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXIII – 86’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This elemental composition, probably the work of a few moments, is nevertheless evocative of trees reflected in still water, and seems to be the start of an idealised composition rather than a simple recollection of such a scene; compare several other muted but slightly more developed ‘colour beginnings’ with dark, isolated trees (Tate D25167, D25168, D25175, D25275; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 45, 46, 53, 153). D25167 and D25168 are also on 1828 paper,1 while the composition of the latter has been linked to the oil painting The Loretto Necklace, painted soon after Turner’s return from his second Italian tour of 1828–9 (Tate N00509).2 He had also been working on watercolours of Italian subjects shortly before the trip.3
See Shanes 1997, pp.95, 98.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.185 no.331, pl.334.
See Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.384 nos.726, 730, 731; also Shanes 1997, p.29
Technical notes:
The right-hand quarter of the sheet is rather darkened and marked.
Blank; laid down.

Matthew Imms
August 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘An Idealised Italianate Landscape with Trees beside Water c.1828–9 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2016, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2017, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-an-idealised-italianate-landscape-with-trees-beside-water-r1185713, accessed 22 September 2021.