Joseph Mallord William Turner Country Folk near Sinzig 1817

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Country Folk near Sinzig
From Itinerary Rhine Tour Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLIX
Date 1817
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 56 x 106 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLIX 40 a
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The 'Itinerary Rhine Tour' sketchbook contains Turner's own timetable of his 1817 tour, together with notes on the areas he was to visit, compiled before his departure from several authoritative sources. He used this sketchbook on tour alongside nos.2 and 3, but it was only here that he recorded the people he saw around him. The exhibited sketches fall within a group of studies made near Sinzig, between Bonn and Coblenz, mostly showing people carrying out their daily tasks and often accompanied by notes on colour and clothing. The village maiden on the left of f.41r must be one of the most delightful that Turner ever sketched.

September 1991

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