Joseph Mallord William Turner Sketches of Soldiers’ Uniforms 1819

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Title
Sketches of Soldiers’ Uniforms
From Naples, Paestum and Rome Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI
Date 1819
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 189 x 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16049
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 71
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Catalogue entry

This page contains several small studies of soldiers, a couple of whom are pictured playing musical instruments. Turner is particularly interested in the decorative details of their uniforms and hats. A couple of similar figures can be seen in the foreground of a view of Naples from the Sant’Elmo Hill, see folio 48 verso (D16003; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 46a).

Nicola Moorby
August 2010

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