Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Party of Men Picnicking: ?Turner and his Travelling Companions

1802

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 154 x 240 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04775
Turner Bequest LXXVII 35

Catalogue entry

As Andrew Wilton suggests, these figures may include Turner and his travelling companions, Newbey Lowson, the driver of their cabriolet and the Swiss servant they had hired in Paris who would have been returning with them. It is possible that the figures are in a boat on an expedition such as that on Lake Brienz documented in this sketchbook; see for example folios 17 verso and 23 verso (D04753, D04761).

David Blayney Brown
March 2004

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