Joseph Mallord William TurnerFigures at ?Le Pont-de-Beauvoisin 1819

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Artist
Title
Figures at ?Le Pont-de-Beauvoisin
From Paris, France, Savoy 2 Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXIII
Date 1819
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 185 x 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14079
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 56 a
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 56 Verso:
Figures at ?Le Pont-de-Beauvoisin 1819
D14079
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 56 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 185 x 114 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Red | white [?folded]’, ‘Green’ and ‘Red striped’ right of left-hand figure
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner has used this page to make a number of figure studies, including a sketch of a single woman in the top left-hand corner, and a mixed group of men, women and children in the top right-hand corner. As was often the case during his European travels he appears to have been interested in the regional variations of local costume and he has annotated the drawing of the female on the left with notes concerning colour and other small sartorial details.
The position of the sketch in between two views of Le Pont-de-Beauvoisin suggests that Turner may have observed the figures in this town which lies on the border between Isère and Savoy, see folio 57 (D14080).

Nicola Moorby
March 2013

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