Joseph Mallord William Turner Sketch of a Bank, with Gipsies ? exhibited 1809

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Sketch of a Bank, with Gipsies
Date ? exhibited 1809
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 613 x 838 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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Probably the picture of this title was first shown in Turner's Gallery in 1809. In its small size, sketchy effect and focus on rough and untidy landscape features in conditions of contrasted light, it shows Turner's engagement with the aesthetic of the 'Picturesque'. This was currently fashionable with connoisseurs.

August 2004

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