National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Mortlake Terrace Joseph Mallord William Turner (artist)
British, 1775 - 1851
Mortlake Terrace, 1827
oil on canvas
overall: 92.1 x 122.2 cm (36 1/4 x 48 1/8 in.) framed: 111.1 x 143.2 x 9.5 cm (43 3/4 x 56 3/8 x 3 3/4 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
1937.1.109
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From the Tour: Constable and Turner — British Landscapes of the Early 1800s
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Conservation Notes

The fine canvas is plain woven; it has been lined. The ground is white, of moderate thickness, and masks the weave of the canvas. The painting is executed in a variety of complex techniques. Smooth, opaque layers are used for the sky and river; the background buildings are rendered in fairly thin, opaque paint, while the rest of the design is constructed in multiple layers of glazes, especially thin and liquid in the trees; there is stiff impasto in the highlights, and occasional sgraffito marks created with a blunt instrument are evident in the tree trunk and some of the foliage on the left side of the canvas. The dog standing on the parapet is constructed with brown paper cut in the shape of a dog, and adhered to the paint; the surface of the brown paper is either painted black or is covered with a thin layer of printer's ink. The parasol is not a paper collage element, but is applied in thick paint. There is retouching along the entire right edge, but otherwise the paint losses are minimal. The natural resin varnish has only discolored slightly.

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