Joseph Mallord William Turner Dinner in a Great Room with Figures in Costume c.1830–5

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Dinner in a Great Room with Figures in Costume
Date c.1830–5
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 908 x 1219 mm
frame: 1090 x 1400 x 90 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Not on display

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The influence of Rembrandt's dramatic effects of chiaroscuro on Turner can be readily appreciated in this unfinished painting. Turner had been impressed by Rembrandt's art since he had been a student, but many of the paintings he produced during the last years of the 1820s, and on into the 1830s, demonstrate his revived respect for the Dutch old master. The left hand side of this work seems to be indebted to a painting formerly thought to be by Rembrandt, which passed through the London art market in 1821; the small interior scene is now in the National Gallery. The costumes worn by the figures suggest that Turner may have intended to complete a historical subject.

September 2004

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