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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Studies for Landscapes c.1834-6

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 49 Recto:
Studies for Landscapes c.1834–6
Turner Bequest CCXCI b 49
Pencil on white wove paper, 77 x 101 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘49’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXCI(b) – 49’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of various watercolour and pencil landscape studies towards the end of this sketchbook, as set out in the Introduction. Here a series of six thumbnail pencil compositions are arranged in two columns and separated or framed by straight lines. What seem to be hills, trees, roads and perhaps masts are indicated here and there, as well as disks which may be the sun or moon.
Technical notes:
There is a stray stoke of dark watercolour towards the bottom left, associated with loose colour washes on folio 48 verso opposite (D28858).

Matthew Imms
May 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Studies for Landscapes c.1834–6 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 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-studies-for-landscapes-r1149080, accessed 21 October 2020.