Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Tabley: Men Setting Traps or Taking up Nets

1808

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 108 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06998
Turner Bequest CV 13

Catalogue entry

For Turner’s visit to Tabley in 1808, see Introduction to the sketchbook, and for a series of sketches probably of the estate and the lake or Moat, note to folio 12 (D06994; Turner Bequest CV 10). Finberg’s title seems right as far as it goes; it is to be hoped that the traps are not the life-threatening man-traps that Sir John Leicester, as he announced on a poster for distribution around the area and preserved in Tabley House, set in the grounds to deter poachers. Alternatively, the men may be taking up nets from the Moat, as probably seen in folio 18 (D07000; Turner Bequest CV 15).
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David Blayney Brown
June 2010

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