Joseph Mallord William Turner

Group of Swiss Peasant Girls, Two Carrying Milking Pails

1802

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Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 198 x 163 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04800
Turner Bequest LXXVIII 3

Catalogue entry

Two of the four girls in this drawing have tilted their straw hats to shield their faces – most probably from bright sun, but perhaps also from bashfulness at the unwanted attention of an artist.
Verso:
Blank, save for very slight offsets of blue and dark-grey washes from folio 4 of the sketchbook (D04801).

David Blayney Brown
May 2003

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