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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Study of Plants c.1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 91 Verso:
Study of Plants circa 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 89 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner often made drawings of plants and flowers, see for example the inside front cover of the Gandolfo to Naples sketchbook (Tate D40946). It has been suggested that this study is reminiscent of those in the Walmer Ferry sketchbook (for example Tate D10658; Turner Bequest CXLII 8) and therefore may also have been made near the Thames, at the same time as the artist sketched Windsor Castle, possibly in 1818 (see folio 92 verso, D16087; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 90 a).1

Nicola Moorby
September 2010

Butlin, Wilton and Gage 1974, pp.91 under no.232, 96 under no.259.

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Study of Plants c.1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2010, 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-plants-r1138010, accessed 05 December 2021.