Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies of Figures and of Fairground Tents and Banners

?1794

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 213 x 277 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00380
Turner Bequest XXIII F

Catalogue entry

The subject matter and style of these studies link the sheet with the Marford Mill sketchbook (for example Tate D00273; Turner Bequest XX 11); compare the smear of oil paint with the verso of Tate D00298 (Turner Bequest XX 28) in the same sketchbook. An apparently related sheet is Tate D00383 (Turner Bequest XXIII I); both may be connected to the fairground scene in the watercolour of Woolverhampton, Staffordshire that Turner exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1796 (Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Museum).1
The verso is D40051.
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.315 no.139, pl.23 (colour).
Technical notes:
The sheet has been folded vertically down the centre. There is a smear of dark green oil paint at the lower right.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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