Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Group of Recumbent and Semi-Recumbent Figures, and Horses

c.1799–1805

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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
D05063
Turner Bequest LXXXI 161

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the page turned horizontally, this is probably a study for one of Turner’s Biblical Egyptian ‘Plague’ subjects, or the lost 1801 painting of The Army of the Medes Destroyed in the Desert by a Whirlwind;1 there is an identified drawing for that picture on folio 84 recto (D05067; Turner Bequest LXXXI 165).
1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.13–15 no.15.
Technical notes:
There is offsetting from folio 81 verso opposite (D05062; Turner Bequest LXXXI 160).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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