Joseph Mallord William Turner Three Figures in a Darkened Room: A Recollection of Petworth (?) ?1840

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Title
Three Figures in a Darkened Room: A Recollection of Petworth (?)
Date ?1840
Medium Gouache, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 131 x 227 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36259
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 392
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Turner often stayed at Petworth, the house in Sussex belonging to his patron the Earl of Egremont. He had free run of its art collections and was given the Old Library to use as a studio. Life at Petworth was grand and bohemian. Working for himself rather than his patron, Turner made a series of small studies in gouache on blue or tinted paper recording the rooms, their furnishings and the unconventional social life that filled them. In studies like this, made at night, by artificial light or behind drawn curtains, these gatherings seem intimate, mysterious and fluid.

October 2013

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