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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Study of Leaves c.1815-18

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 23 Recto:
Study of Leaves circa 1815–18
Turner Bequest CXLI 23
Pencil on white wove paper, 88 x 114 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘23’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXLI 23’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
These leaves seem to belong to some flowering or berry-bearing shrub; there are more on folio 28 verso of the sketchbook (D10633). Perhaps sketched at Richmond, they might be ideas for foreground vegetation in England: Richmond Hill, on the Prince Regent’s Birthday (Tate N00502)1 exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1819; see notes to folio 10 verso (D10601) for background to the picture and related drawings in this book.
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.106–7 no.140 (pl.145).

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Study of Leaves c.1815–18 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2011, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-study-of-leaves-r1131677, accessed 23 February 2019.