Joseph Mallord William Turner

Skyrrid Farm and Ysgyryd Fawr

1792

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 340 x 241 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00144
Turner Bequest XII O

Catalogue entry

This is an unfinished watercolour based on Tate D00143 (Turner Bequest XII N); drawings recording other stages in the development of the subject are Tate D40039 (Turner Bequest XVII F [verso]) and D00145 (Turner Bequest XII P), the last being a finished work. The present work is the only version to use the upright format. As Finberg observed,1 the view in D00143 ‘is modified and recast ... but he was dissatisfied with it, left it unfinished, and began again’ with D00145. The introduction of the vigorous figure of a countryman with yoke and pails is characteristic of Turner’s determination already at this date to introduce lively staffage into his finished views.
There are colour trials in the top right corner.
1
MS note, Tate catalogue files.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed in a later hand ‘6’.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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