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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Trees by a Lake or River at Dawn or Dusk c.1828-40

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Trees by a Lake or River at Dawn or Dusk c.1828–40
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 111
Watercolour on white wove paper, 304 x 488 mm
Watermark ‘C Ansell | 1828’
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘111’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXIII – 111’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The loose landscape forms here suggest trees or bushes reflected in a wide river or lake, while the pale yellow of the sky over the horizon indicates a scene at dawn or possibly dusk. Eric Shanes has tentatively suggested a connection to Turner’s work on a series of panoramic landscape paintings for Lord Egremont’s Carved Room at Petworth House in Sussex in the late 1820s,1 as discussed under Tate D25230 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 108), another waterside scene in the present section, but the similarities are perhaps fortuitous. See also Tate D25182, D25191, D25300, D25303, D25363, D25495 and D25498 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 60, 69, 178, 181, 241, 372, 375a).
See Shanes 1997, p.94.
Blank; laid down.

Matthew Imms
December 2015

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Trees by a Lake or River at Dawn or Dusk c.1828–40 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-trees-by-a-lake-or-river-at-dawn-or-dusk-r1183212, accessed 21 May 2024.