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Joseph Mallord William Turner, R.A.
WOODLAND LANDSCAPE  
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Joseph Mallord William Turner, R.A.
1775 - 1851年,倫敦
WOODLAND LANDSCAPE  
Watercolour over pencil, heightened with scratching out
279 by 226 mm
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來源

Possibly a gift from the artist to Ambrose Bowden Johns (1776-1858), September 1813;
John Edward Taylor (1830-1905),
his executor's sale, London, Christie's, 5 July 1912, lot 97 (A Wood Scene), bt. Agnew's on behalf of the father-in-law of the present owner

展覽

The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (on loan 2004-2018)

出版

A. Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, pp. 116 & 347, no. 419

相關資料

Although, in the 1979 catalogue raisonné, it was suggested that Turner painted this watercolour in connection with his work in Sussex for John Fuller (see lots 193 to 196), Ian Warrell has recently argued that it could be connected with his 1813 sketching tour of Devon.

That summer, Turner had spent six weeks in and around Plymouth, where he stayed with several friends. One of these was the artist Ambrose Bowden Johns who, having presented Turner with a small wooden box of specially prepared oil paints, is credited with encouraging him to paint en plein air in that medium.1

The two painters carried out a number of productive sketching sojourns in the beautiful Devonian countryside and when, in September, Turner returned home to Twickenham he wrote to thank Johns for his hospitality. Within this letter, which has only recently come to light, Turner stated that he had found ‘time to put upon paper the Trees’.2 Ian Warrell has suggested that Turner may well have been referring to the present sheet which, as a sign of gratitude, he presented to his friend. 

Later the drawing entered the collection of J.E. Taylor, the celebrated collector who, in 1892, bequeathed 154 watercolours (including twenty-four works by Turner) to the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. The present work was not part of that bequest and was acquired by the father-in-law of the present owner, via Agnew's, at Taylor's executor's sale in 1912. We would like to thank Ian Warrell for his help when cataloguing this work.

1. See E. Shanes, J.M.W. Turner A life in Art, Young Mr Turner, The First Forty Years 1775-1815, Yale 2016, p. 427
2. Letter from Turner to Johns, 14 September 1813 (Cy Twombly Estate)

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