Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
The Stem and Leaves of a Palm Tree c.1798
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
these slight botanical sketches are unrelated to the watercolour landscape on the recto (D01902
; Turner Bequest XLIV Z), and are of uncertain date.
There are grey and umber paint smears.
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.