Joseph Mallord William Turner

Female Field Hands

c.1806–8

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 107 x 182 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06098
Turner Bequest XCVII 27

Catalogue entry

With the distant view of Windsor Castle on folio 2 of the sketchbook (D06073), various sketches of cattle for which see folios 21 and 22 (D06092, D06093) and folios 81 verso and 82 verso (D06161, D06163) also depicting field workers this drawing is associated by Butlin and Joll with Turner’s picture Ploughing up Turnips near Slough (Tate N00486)1 exhibited at Turner’s Gallery in 1809. As they observe, these figures are generally ‘similar but not identical’ to those in the picture. Turner’s addition of colour notes to this sketch and the following on folio 28 (D06099) suggests that he intended to put them to future use.
1
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.66 no.89 (pl.99).
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
September 2008

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