Joseph Mallord William TurnerAn Agent Seated at a Table, Surrounded by Tenants and Women and Children c.1807-10

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Artist
Title
An Agent Seated at a Table, Surrounded by Tenants and Women and Children
From Harvest Home Sketchbook
Turner Bequest LXXXVI
Date c.1807-10
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 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
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Verso:
An Agent Seated at a Table, Surrounded by Tenants and Women and Children circa 1807–10
D05357
Turner Bequest LXXXVI 5a
Pencil on white wove paper, 258 x 370 mm
Stamped in black ‘LXXXVI 5a’ bottom left
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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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