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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Two Landscapes; one with Ducks and Swans c.1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 21 Recto:
Two Landscapes; one with Ducks and Swans circa 1819
D13970
Turner Bequest CLXXII 21
Pencil on white wove paper, 99 x 155 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘[?wild] Duck Swans’ within sketch, bottom centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘21’ top right, ascending right hand edge
Stamped in black ‘CLXXII 21’ top right, ascending right hand edge
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The location of the landscapes in these two faint pencil sketches remains unidentified. The lower drawing appers to show buildings and trees beside a lake, whilst the sketch at the top is a distant view of hills. Turner has annotated the page ‘Duck Swans’. They may represent English subjects which predate the artist’s use of the sketchbook as a notebook for his forthcoming Italian travels.

Nicola Moorby
July 2008

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Two Landscapes; one with Ducks and Swans c.1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2008, 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-two-landscapes-one-with-ducks-and-swans-r1138791, accessed 27 November 2020.