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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Studies of Horse Chestnut Leaves c.1800-1

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Verso:
Studies of Horse Chestnut Leaves c.1800–1
Turner Bequest LXI 62v
Ink on coarse off-white wove paper, 206 x 131 mm
Inscribed by Turner in ink ‘Horse Chesnut [sic] full yellow Green – when young | but rather more advanced..’ at top
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Other studies of foliage are on the recto this leaf (D40781) and on folio 6 verso (D03719; Turner Bequest LXI 63v).
Technical notes:
The sheet is discoloured from exposure during prolonged exhibition. This and the next leaf, folio 6 (D03720, D03719; Turner Bequest LXI 63, 63v), were noted by Finberg in 1909 as ‘loose pages’;1 he suggested that they had been ‘cut out’ from this point in the book,2 where they have subsequently been rebound.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

See Finberg 1909, I, p.164.
See ibid., p.163.

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Studies of Horse Chestnut Leaves c.1800–1 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-studies-of-horse-chestnut-leaves-r1178040, accessed 20 May 2022.