Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sportsman and Two Gun Dogs

1809

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 83 x 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07928
Turner Bequest CXIII 49 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. The dogs, one with liver and one with black markings, are out of scale with the man, who is sketched in pencil only. Two more liver and white dogs are on folio 50 verso (D07930), and two different dogs are on folio 51 verso (D07932). On 52 verso (D07934) is a further sketch of a sportsman seated with a gun. These drawings were evidently made on a shoot, which may also have inspired the poem on a shooting accident drafted in this book; see especially note to folio 13 verso (D07873) and Introduction for the suggestion that Turner attended a shoot at Farnley Hall during the 1809 season.

David Blayney Brown
July 2009

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