Joseph Mallord William TurnerA Dentist's Shop: Study for 'The Unpaid Bill, or the Dentist Reproving his Son's Prodigality' c.1807-8

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Title
A Dentist's Shop: Study for 'The Unpaid Bill, or the Dentist Reproving his Son's Prodigality'
From River and Margate Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XCIX
Date c.1807-8
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 115 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06494
Turner Bequest XCIX 77 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 81 Verso:
A Dentist’s Shop: Study for ‘The Unpaid Bill, or the Dentist Reproving his Son’s Prodigality’ circa 1807–8
D06494
Turner Bequest XCIX 77a
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 115 x 190 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Papers Books Crucible Pipkins. Glass’ below image
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. For The Unpaid Bill, or the Dentist Reproving his Son’s Prodigality (collection of the Schindler Family)1 and related drawings in this sketchbook see comment to folio 77 recto (D06486; Turner Bequest XCIX 73). This quick but informative sketch of the dentist’s shop, with inscription listing some of the contents, is for the left half of the picture extending just beyond the window. A more careful study of the same part of the room is on folio 80 verso (D17159; Turner Bequest CXCV (a) I).

David Blayney Brown
March 2009

1
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.61–2 no.81 (pl.91).

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