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Turner apparently bought works by Reynolds or from his studio at the sale of the painter's niece, the Marchioness of Thomond, in 1821. One of these, possibly this unfinished sketch, was hung in his hall at Queen Anne Street although it was not listed in the 1854 inventory. The hall was described at the end of his life as being bare, with 'dingy brown' walls, but the inventory hints at a more considered arrangement, including Turner's four casts of Centaur and Lapith metopes from the Elgin Marbles, a pair of painted pedestals with marble tops and a plaster cast on the stairs.

August 2004