Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Classical Harbour, with a Crowd of Figures

1805

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 150 x 258 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05492
Turner Bequest XC 1 a

Catalogue entry

See note to folio 1 (D05491), to which this sketch is related in theme and style. A further development of the subject, in which the figures are grouped around a staircase and include a group of soldiers with shields, is on folio 2 (D05493). The present version includes a seated figure on a podium, holding a spear or trident.

David Blayney Brown
August 2007

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