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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Colour Trials 1797

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Colour Trials 1797
Watercolour on buff laid paper, 317 x 257 mm
Stamped in brown with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom left and towards bottom right
Inscribed in pencil ‘XXIX W’ and ‘XXIX. W’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
There are blue, grey and sienna colour trials, not mentioned in Finberg’s Inventory.1 The recto is a 1797 pencil study of Melrose Abbey (D00728; Turner Bequest XXIX W).

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

See A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.60.

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Colour Trials 1797 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-colour-trials-r1175005, accessed 19 October 2021.