Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Landscape with a Sign-Board and Figures

c.1823–4

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 98 x 162 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17885
Turner Bequest CCV 29

Catalogue entry

The object on the left is perhaps the sign-board of a rural inn. Like the figures on the right it is presented contre-jour against a bright sky above an elemental landscape. A diagonal sunbeam is suggested at the top centre. This is one of a sequence of fourteen monochrome, tonal studies of landscapes and cloudy skies running from about the middle of the sketchbook onwards; for the others and further discussion, see the Introduction. Unlike others in this sequence, in this case there is a slight underlying pencil structure to the composition.
Verso:
Blank, save for a very slight continuation of watercolour from folio 30 recto (D17886).

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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