Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of Three Men on Rocks

?1795

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 152 x 99 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00322
Turner Bequest XX 41 a

Catalogue entry

The drawing, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, is continued on folio 42 recto opposite (D00323). It seems to be connected with an idea for a Shipwreck or Deluge subject, perhaps suggested by the exhibition of Copley’s Defeat of the Floating Batteries in 1795; see introductory note. Turner finally produced important pictures of The Shipwreck and The Deluge in about 1805 (Tate N00476, N00493).1 Compare the drawings on folios 33 verso–34 recto and 36 verso (D00307, D00308, D00313).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.43–4 nos.54, 55, pl.64 (colour), 65 (colour).

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