Joseph Mallord William Turner

Men Asleep under a Fallen Tree near Water, with Swans Fighting

?1799

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 337 x 433 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02197
Turner Bequest XLVII 20

Catalogue entry

Made with the page turned horizontally, this study of some of the workmen engaged in the construction of William Beckford’s house at Fonthill illustrates Turner’s interest in the human implications of the topographical subjects he was asked to record. He made a further study including resting men and swans on D02191 (Turner Bequest XLVII 14). There is a small drawing of two birds above the group of swans; this appears to be an unrelated study of swans in flight.
Studies of swans also occur in the Swans sketchbook, which Turner was using at Fonthill in 1799 (Tate D01689, D01690; Turner Bequest XLVII 14, 15).
Technical notes:
For a proposed sequence for the leaves of the disbound Fonthill sketchbook, with this page as folio 6, see the Introduction.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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