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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Trees, Probably beside the River Brent c.1808-11

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 35 Recto:
Trees, Probably beside the River Brent circa 1808–11
Turner Bequest CXIV 35
Pencil on white wove paper, 87 x 117 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘35’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXIV – 35’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As set out in the Introduction, there are various landscape studies in this sketchbook, occupying several pages from folios 28 recto to 38 recto (D07999–D08010), and from folios 70 recto to 73 recto (D08051–D08056). The last of the earlier sketches show the River Brent, north-west of London, which merges with the Grand Union Canal at Hanwell, traditionally the main subject of the second grouping. The present drawing shows a similar setting, with trees and reeds or rushes indicated by a horizontal zigzag, to that of the identified Brent view on folio 37 recto (D08009).
There is a very slight continuation on folio 34 verso opposite (D41527).

Matthew Imms
January 2012

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Trees, Probably beside the River Brent c.1808–11 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2012, 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-trees-probably-beside-the-river-brent-r1134784, accessed 30 November 2021.