Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of Masonry; a Group of Figures Crouching on the Ground

?1794

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 256 x 182 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00711
Turner Bequest XXIX F

Catalogue entry

The pencil study of figures on one half of this centrally folded sheet – made with the sheet turned vertically – may be related to studies in the Marford Mill sketchbook (Tate D00303, D00308; Turner Bequest XX 31, 34). The study of masonry in the other half – made with the sheet turned horizontally – is reminiscent of the copies that Turner made after Michael Angelo Rooker (1746–1801) in 1792 (Tate D00192, D00193; Turner Bequest XVII Q, R); this detail does not appear to be copied from another artist’s drawing.
Technical notes:
The colour trials on the half of the sheet with the masonry study lie alongside the central crease, indicating that the sheet was already folded when they were made.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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