157

PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF JAN KRUGIER

Joseph Mallord William Turner, R.A.
BEECH TREES AT CASSIOBURY PARK, HERTFORDSHIRE
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157

PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF JAN KRUGIER

Joseph Mallord William Turner, R.A.
BEECH TREES AT CASSIOBURY PARK, HERTFORDSHIRE
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Joseph Mallord William Turner, R.A.
LONDON 1775 - 1851
BEECH TREES AT CASSIOBURY PARK, HERTFORDSHIRE

Provenance

R. Strauss;
with The Fine Art Society, London;
sale, London, Christie’s, 21 November 2002, lot 41

Catalogue Note

This watercolour can be dated to circa 1796 and shows some of the majestic trees at Cassiobury Park, near Watford.  This estate belonged to George, 5th Earl of Essex, who was to become an important patron of the young artist.  In 1795, when still Viscount Malden, he commissioned Turner to paint five watercolours of his then house Hampton Court, Hertfordshire1 and then, in 1807, he ordered four more watercolours, this time of Cassiobury Park itself.2  In addition to his collection of works on paper, he owned three oil paintings by Turner.3

The present work is a fine example of Turner’s watercolour technique at this stage in his life.  The foliage of the trees is rendered with a light and feathery touch, while the draughtsmanship underneath is particularly refined.  The restrained palette echoes that which he had perfected while regularly visiting Dr Thomas Monro’s ‘Academy’ during the mid-1790s. 

1. A. Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, nos. 182-186
2. Ibid., nos. 189-192
3. M. Butlin and E. Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, New Haven and London 1984, nos. 63, 74 and 92

Old Master & British Drawings

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