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The composition is based on Tate D00143 (Turner Bequest XII N); see also Tate D40039 (Turner Bequest XVII F [verso]) and D00144 (Turner Bequest XII O). Turner’s washline border confirms that this was a finished drawing intended for a patron, perhaps the Mr Brydges he noted on the verso of D00143. The essential features of the first watercolour version of the subject, D00144, are retained here, but the composition is extended to the right, and a second figure introduced: a youth looking over a fence who belongs generically with the various onlookers of the Don Quixote subject (Tate D00189; Turner Bequest XVII N). Finberg quotes Ruskin’s comment that the drawing is ‘very notable already for a kind of irised gradation of tender colour quite unprecedented in English art at the time.’1
See Cook and Wedderburn 1904, p.256.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed in a later hand ‘7’.
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