Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Study for ‘Apullia in Search of Appullus’

c.1813

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 88 x 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09984
Turner Bequest CXXXV 67 a

Catalogue entry

This is a rough overall compositional study for the painting Apullia in Search of Appullus (Tate N00495), exhibited at the British Institution in 1814;1 for more details and related studies on adjacent pages, see under folio 63 verso (D09976).2 The present drawing continues a little way onto folio 68 recto opposite (D09985). There is a similar, heavily shaded variant on folios 66 verso–67 recto (D09982, D09983).
1
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.91–2 no.128, pl.134.
2
See also Butlin, Wilson and Gage 1974, p.76; Nicholson 1980, p.683 note 22; Butlin and Joll 1984, p.92; and Butlin 2001, p.8.
Technical notes:
The ink inscription on the recto (D09983) shows through prominently, particularly in the areas towards the edges corresponding with the overlaps of the leather cover inside the back of the sketchbook (Tate D40813), separated from this page by one further leaf.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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