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The subject of the more substantial of these two slight sketches is uncertain. It may be derived from a picture or print by another artist, as the faint framing line round it might suggest, and recurs in a modified form, and considerably more worked up, on folios 21 verso–22 recto (D04942–D04943; Turner Bequest LXXXI 40a–41). The inference must be that this is an idea for a picture of Turner’s own, making use of large–scale half–length figures in the manner of certain Renaissance artists, Lorenzo Lotto (c.1480–1556/7) or Titian (active about 1506–died 1576) for example.
The page is inscribed at the top by the Executors of the Turner Bequest, Henry Scott Trimmer, Charles Turner, John Prescott Knight and Charles Lock Eastlake, in ink ‘No 222 | 80 Sketches in sepia India Ink | H.S. Trimmer | C Turner’ and in pencil ‘JPK’ and ‘C.L.E.’.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.18 no.19, pl.15.
There are colour trials scattered across the page.