Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Group of Men and Women, Perhaps at a Fish Market

c.1834–6

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 79 x 101 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D27743
Turner Bequest CCLXXXI 10 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this swift sketch of perhaps seven or eight men and women catches characteristic details of their headgear and movements. One figure sits at the left with a barrel or basket, while another stoops at the right. The scene may be a fish market on a beach, as shown on folio 11 verso (D27744), where inscriptions identify the subject. There are various such subjects and coastal views in the sketchbook, particularly towards the end, as set out in the Introduction; compare folios 29 verso and 31 verso (D27778, D27783).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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