Joseph Mallord William Turner

Figure Studies of Men at Work, Perhaps at Cowes; a Sailing Boat

1827

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 100 x 74 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18132
Turner Bequest CCVII 74

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, there are four swift figure studies of men, one of whom may be walking or standing while two others crouch or kneel; the fourth is barely begun. They are perhaps sailors engaged in cleaning or maintenance tasks. At the top right is a small, unrelated study of a sailing boat. For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events at Cowes from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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