Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Group of Figures

c.1799–1805

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Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 436 x 271 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04936
Turner Bequest LXXXI 35

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this sketch is so slight and faint that it has the appearance of an off–print from the figure group on folio 17 verso opposite (D04935; Turner Bequest LXXXI 34), but it is evidently a separate study. In so far as it is intelligible, it seems to be a further idea for an Adoration of the Shepherds.
Technical notes:
There is a partial offset from folio 17 verso opposite (D04935; Turner Bequest LXXXI 34).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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