Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketch of Boats; and a Study of Mercury and Psyche from the Villa Farnesina

c.1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 99 x 155 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13987
Turner Bequest CLXXII 29 a

Catalogue entry

This page contains a sketch of long, barge-like boats, with the vessel in the foreground laden with barrels. It is not known whether it relates to Turner’s 1819 Italian tour or predates it.
In the top right hand corner, aligned with the top edge of the page is a separate sketch which appears to show two figures. This is probably a study of Mercury and Psyche from a spandrel in the Loggia di Psiche in the Villa Farnesina, Rome, see folio 28 verso (D13985).

Nicola Moorby
July 2008

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