Joseph Mallord William TurnerStudy of Three Men on Rocks ?1795

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Study of Three Men on Rocks
From Marford Mill Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XX
Date ?1795
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 152 x 99 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XX 41 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 41 Verso:
Study of Three Men on Rocks ?1795
Turner Bequest XX 41a
Pencil on white laid paper, 152 x 99 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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

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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