Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Study for ‘Apullia in Search of Appullus’

c.1813

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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
D09985
Turner Bequest CXXXV 68

Catalogue entry

The drawing is a brief continuation of foliage from the main body of the composition for the painting Apullia in Search of Appullus (Tate N00495), exhibited at the British Institution in 1814,1 on folio 67 verso opposite (D09984).2 Turner’s prominent inscription appears to be a doodle interlinking the letters of his surname as a curlicued semi-monogram, with the vertical stroke of the ‘T’ held within the ‘U’, and the ‘E’ and ‘R’ combined; there are further variations inside the back cover (Tate D40813).
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 page appears rather scrappy, with pencil offsetting from the opposite page, staining from the overlaps of the leather cover inside the back of the book, and the ink drawing on the verso (D09986) showing through.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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