Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Seated Angler in a Tall Hat and Another Figure at a Country Weir

c.1834–6

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 79 x 101 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D27760
Turner Bequest CCLXXXI 19 a

Catalogue entry

As set out in the Introduction, this is one of a sequence running through the middle of this sketchbook showing a substantial rural weir with a fence-like wooden superstructure, populated by numerous adults and children engaged in or watching fishing. The location is unidentified. Here, a figure watches while a man in an elegant dark coat and tall hat perches against the rail while fishing in the water below the weir; he is presumably the same man shown on folios 18 verso and 20 verso (D27758, D27762).
There is a very slight continuation of the water going over the weir to the right on folio 20 recto opposite (D27761).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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