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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Stem and Leaves of a Palm Tree c.1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
The Stem and Leaves of a Palm Tree c.1798
D40059
Pencil on white wove paper, 245 x 347 mm
Inscribed by a later hand in ‘71’ top left
Inscribed by a later hand ‘7’ (circled) towards bottom right
Stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram above ‘XLIV – Z’ bottom left
Inscribed in pencil ‘XLIV. Z’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Not mentioned in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory,1 these slight botanical sketches are unrelated to the watercolour landscape on the recto (D01902; Turner Bequest XLIV Z), and are of uncertain date.
1
See A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.109.
Technical notes:
There are grey and umber paint smears.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘The Stem and Leaves of a Palm Tree c.1798 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-stem-and-leaves-of-a-palm-tree-r1174958, accessed 18 May 2021.