Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Fallen Horseman and Other Figures in a Landscape

1799

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 79 x 130 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02114
Turner Bequest XLVI 79

Catalogue entry

A group of a horse and dead rider occurs in the painting The Fifth Plague of Egypt (Indianapolis Museum of Art)1 for which this is probably a study, made with the page turned horizontally; see comments on the drawings on folios 59 verso and 60 recto (D02088–D02089). The grand historical subject marked a new departure for Turner, who showed it at the Royal Academy in 1800 together with his watercolour view of Caernarvon Castle, North Wales (Tate D04164; Turner Bequest LXX M)2 and the oil painting of Dolbadarn Castle, North Wales (Royal Academy of Arts, London),3 for both of which there are studies in this sketchbook.
1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.10–12 no.13, pl.10 (colour).
2
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.329 no.263, pl.52.
3
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.9–10 no.12, pl.7 (colour).
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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