Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies for Figures, for ‘Dido and Aeneas’

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
D05776
Turner Bequest XCIII 6

Catalogue entry

Dido and Aeneas (Tate N00494)1 was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1814 but probably painted earlier. For the picture and subject, see especially catalogue note to the coloured study in the contemporary Studies for Pictures: Isleworth sketchbook (Tate D05520; Turner Bequest XC 21). Here Turner has drawn various ideas for figure groups, none of which were followed closely.
See also folio 4 verso, 5 verso, 6 verso and 7 (D05773, D05775, D05777, D05778) for other figure studies which have been associated with the picture.

David Blayney Brown
October 2007

1
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.92–3 no.129 (pl.135).

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