Joseph Mallord William Turner

Five Studies of a Man Digging and a Kneeling Woman

1792

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 123 x 79 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00194
Turner Bequest XVII S

Catalogue entry

As the quotation on the verso from Robert Blair’s The Grave on the verso (D40232) makes clear, Turner had in mind an illustration of that poem, rather as his wash composition of Don Quixote illustrated Cervantes’ novel, in the spirit of Loutherbourg’s illustrative drawings; see Tate D00189 (Turner Bequest XVII N).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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