Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Group of Children Playing

1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 170 x 266 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41259

Catalogue entry

This rapid sketch, made with the page turned horizontally, shows children engaged in boisterous games; it is executed in an uncharacteristically staccato manner, evidently intended simply to record a scene that amused Turner, perhaps witnessed in the street at Shrewsbury (see folio 38 recto; D01392; Turner Bequest XXXIX 37), or Bromfield (on the recto of this leaf, D01455).
Technical notes:
There is a smear of grey-blue paint at the top centre.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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