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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Landscape Studies ?in France, with Trees and a Spire 1845

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 40 Recto:
Landscape Studies ?in France, with Trees and a Spire 1845
D35557
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 40
Pencil on white wove paper, 111 x 86 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘40’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXI – 40’ top right, ascending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned vertically, there are various overlapping studies here of skylines, trees and a distant spire, probably made while travelling through inland France. See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the many slight unidentified landscapes and coastal views scattered through it.
Technical notes:
There is some brown staining at the gutter, possibly indicating water damage in the 1928 Tate flood.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Landscape Studies ?in France, with Trees and a Spire 1845 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2016, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-landscape-studies-in-france-with-trees-and-a-spire-r1183977, accessed 29 November 2021.