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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Landscape with Ruins on a Bank above a River 1796-7

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 45 Verso:
Landscape with Ruins on a Bank above a River 1796–7
D01209
Turner Bequest XXXVII 92
Pencil and gouache on blue laid wrapping paper prepared with a red-brown wash, 113 x 93 mm
Stamped in black ‘XXXVII – 92’ bottom left
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The composition continues across folio 46 recto opposite (D01210; Turner Bequest XXXVII 93). Finberg suggested1 that this is a memorandum of River, Seacoast and Circular Ruin, known as ‘Morning’2 by Richard Wilson (?1713–1782), but the similarities are slight. It is probable, though, that the study does record a Wilson composition; compare another copy after Wilson (Tate D00880; Turner Bequest XXXIII I).

Andrew Wilton
September 2012

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.82.
2
See W.G. Constable, Richard Wilson, London 1953, pp.217–18 notes to pl.106a.

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Landscape with Ruins on a Bank above a River 1796–7 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-landscape-with-ruins-on-a-bank-above-a-river-r1149899, accessed 18 January 2021.