Joseph Mallord William Turner

An Old Man and Three Other Figures Hurrying to the Right

c.1799–1805

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Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 271 x 436 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04928
Turner Bequest LXXXI 27

Catalogue entry

The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally. As Finberg suggested,1 this is probably a sketch of Lot and his daughters fleeing from Sodom, for the Biblical painting The Destruction of Sodom, possibly exhibited at Turner’s gallery in 1805 (Tate N00474).2 Related studies are on folios 15 recto and verso, (possibly) folios 56 verso–57 recto, and 80 verso (D04930, D04931, D05012–D05013, D05060; Turner Bequest LXXXI 29, 30, 110–111, 158); see also under folio 3 recto (D04906; Turner Bequest LXXXI 5).
1
See Finberg 1909, I, p.214.
2
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.44 no.56, pl.66.
Technical notes:
About half the area of the leaf has been torn away at the left, and made good with similar modern paper.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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