Joseph Mallord William Turner

An Agent Seated at a Table, Surrounded by Tenants and Women and Children

c.1807–10

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 258 x 370 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05357
Turner Bequest LXXXVI 5 a

Catalogue entry

This subject continues, drawn in pen as well as pencil, on folio 6 of the sketchbook (D05358).
Evidently studied from life, the group is related to Turner’s unfinished painting Harvest Home (Tate N00562).1 In the picture the agent appears at right, dispensing pay or a harvest bonus to estate workers and their families who queue up at his table.

David Blayney Brown
December 2009

1
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.128 no.209 (pl.208).

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