Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Man and Cows beside a River or Lake; Chester and the River Dee from near Grosvenor Bridge

?1831

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 191 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22270
Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 64 a

Catalogue entry

The main view shows a man standing with bowed head contre-jour below the sun and above what appears from slight indications of reflections to be a lake or river, in which cattle are standing. Finberg’s identification of him as a fisherman is plausible if unproven, while the low hills (perhaps with woods beyond), give no clue as to the location, presumably somewhere along the route of Turner’s Midlands travels. For other figure studies in this sketchbook, including some of anglers, see the entry for inside the front cover (D41053).
At the top left, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, is a continuation of the Old Dee Bridge and buildings on the south bank of the Dee at Chester, from the view drawn near the new Grosvenor Bridge on folio 65 verso (D22272).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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