Joseph Mallord William Turner Costumed Figures 1831

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Costumed Figures
From Berwick Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCLXV
Date 1831
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 96 x 59 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25686
Turner Bequest CCLXV 25
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Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned to the right are rough sketches of three costumed figures seen from behind. It is hard to glean much information from these rough sketches (which describe little about the figures or their clothes), but it would no doubt have been enough to jog Turner’s memory if he wanted to recall their appearance. The sketch belongs to a series of studies of figures in fancy costumes that are scattered throughout this sketchbook (see folio 57; D25745 for details).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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