Joseph Mallord William TurnerA West Country Scene with Figures, Buildings and Trees 1811

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Artist
Title
A West Country Scene with Figures, Buildings and Trees
From Devonshire Coast, No.1 Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXXIII
Date 1811
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 75 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08653
Turner Bequest CXXIII 152 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 155 Verso:
A West Country Scene with Figures, Buildings and Trees 1811
D08653
Turner Bequest CXXIII 152a
Pencil on white wove writing paper, 75 x 117 mm
Part watermark ‘Smy | 17’
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
There appear to be three figures to the right of centre, with the middle one bending over. It is not clear whether the thick, rather blunt strokes of this rapid sketch show a street, a farm yard or a waterfront scene, presumably somewhere in the West Country. The curving shapes on the right seem particularly resistant to interpretation.

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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