Joseph Mallord William Turner

Trees on the Edge of a Lake, with Swans, and two Men Lying on the Grass, probably at Fonthill

?1799

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 342 x 433 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02191
Turner Bequest XLVII 14

Catalogue entry

The men taking their ease in this drawing, made with the page turned horizontally, and that on D02197 (Turner Bequest XLVII 20) are presumably workmen engaged on the building of William Beckford’s massive Gothic folly at Fonthill.
Technical notes:
The use of black chalk here is somewhat unexpected; it recurs in drawings on D02192 and D02194; Turner Bequest XLVII 15, 17). For a proposed sequence for the leaves of the disbound Fonthill sketchbook, with this page as folio 7, see the Introduction.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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