Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Ladies with Bonnets, Probably at Cowes; a Cart with Two Horses by a Beached Sailing Boat, with a Group of Three Men

1827

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 100 x 74 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18059
Turner Bequest CCVII 36 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, at the top is a close-up study of two rather forbidding ladies in large bonnets, probably observed like the figures on the recto (D18058) watching the racing at Cowes. Ann Chumbley and Ian Warrell have noted them in relation to the women caught in a breeze on folio 19 recto (D18024).1 For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events there from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction.
Below, separated by a horizontal pencil line, is a more workaday scene of a cart and horses loading or unloading a beached sailing boat, while three or perhaps four men in rough dress stand in the foreground.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

1
See Chumbley and Warrell 1989, p.60.

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