Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies for Figures, ?for ‘Dido and Aeneas’ and ‘The Destruction of Sodom’

1805

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 171 x 262 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05778
Turner Bequest XCIII 7

Catalogue entry

This is a variant of the subject on folio 6 verso of the sketchbook (D05777), with more figures. See catalogue note to 6 verso and 4 verso (D05773) for the likelihood that this motif was used for The Destruction of Sodom (Tate N00474)1 rather than for Dido and Aeneas (Tate N00494).2
1
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.44 no.56 (pl.66).
2
Ibid., pp.92–3, no.129 (pl.135).
Verso:
Blank but with slight offsets of black chalk from folio 8 (D05779).

David Blayney Brown
October 2007

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