Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of Figures in Fancy Costume

1831

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 59 x 96 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25722
Turner Bequest CCLXV 44

Catalogue entry

Across this page and folio 43 verso (D25721) is a study of figures in elaborate, perhaps fancy-dress costume. Nearly a dozen figures wear a variety of outfits which include robes, jackets, cloaks, sashes or belts and various hats. A couple of lines at the left of the present page suggest a door, indicating that this is an internal setting, perhaps some sort of special event such as a ball or ceremony.
There are a number of sketches of figures in costumes scattered throughout the notebook (see folio 57; D25745 for references).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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