Lot 250
  • 250

Joseph Mallord William Turner R.A. 1775-1851

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  • Joseph Mallord William Turner R.A.
  • A Beech Copse near Haystacks
  • inscribed l.r.: W.Turner R.A.

  • watercolour over pencil


Mrs Cecil Keith, 1963


Worthing Art Gallery, English Watercolour Drawings from the Collection of Mrs Cecil Keith, 1963, no.53

Catalogue Note

The present unrecorded drawing of a beech copse near haystacks appears to date from circa 1796.  At about this time Turner was commissioned to paint the fernhouse at Norbury, Surrey, the estate of the scholar and collector, William Lock.  Whilst he was there he made a number of studies of trees including the old beech trees in the park.  These studies are characterised by their delicate handling.  The foliage of the trees is rendered with a light and feathery touch and the draughtsmanship underneath is particularly fine.  Like the present watercolour, these studies are coloured with a muted palette of greens, blues and the palest of yellows.  Other watercolours from this series are in the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin and the Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection (see Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W.Turner, 1979, p.316, nos.154, 155, 157).

A watercolour by Turner of Beech Trees at Norbury Park, Surrey, was sold at Phillips on 12th November 1990, lot 28 for £13,200