Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Group of Putti

c.1802–3

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 271 x 436 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04963
Turner Bequest LXXXI 61

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, this tightly knit group of cherubs or putti may be read in isolation, but they may form part of the design of the ‘Holy Family’ composition that Turner was working out on folios 31 verso and 33 recto (D04962, D04965; Turner Bequest LXXXI 60, 63). The work from which he took his inspiration on his visit to the Louvre in Paris in 1802, Titian’s Death of St Peter Martyr, makes distinctive use of tall trees in which putti hover above the saint’s head.
Technical notes:
There is some black chalk offset from folio 31 verso opposite (D04962; Turner Bequest LXXXI 60).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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