Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Drinkers at a Harvest Home

c.1805–7

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 171 x 262 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05805
Turner Bequest XCIII 24 a

Catalogue entry

See Introduction to the sketchbook and notes to the recto (D05802) and folio 22 verso (D05801) for its various studies of (mainly rustic) figures, their character and meaning; and especially folio 23 verso (D05803) for the subject, seen by Hill as a development of one sketched on folio 25 verso (D05807) if Turner was working backwards through the sketchbook. Like 23 verso, the drawing has attracted opposing interpretations, Finberg favouring a drinking scene and Hill one of rural misery or ‘some kind of peasant revolt’. The possible subject of a harvest home at Cassiobury Park is mentioned in the catalogue note to 23 verso.

David Blayney Brown
October 2007

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