Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies of Rustic Groups: Women Gossiping; a Man Driving Two Cows; Boats; a Man with Carts and Horses

1793

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Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 210 x 265 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00399
Turner Bequest XXIII Y

Catalogue entry

This sheet illustrates Turner’s concern with staffage as an essential element in the foreground of a topographical view. The figures were possibly copied from a print; compare William Henry Pyne’s Microcosm, though these examples are not from that work. The quality of the drawing can be compared with that of sheets like Tate D00398 (Turner Bequest XXIII X).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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