J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Classical Harbour, with a Crowd of Figures 1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 1 Verso:
A Classical Harbour, with a Crowd of Figures 1805
D05492
Turner Bequest XC 1a
Pen and ink on off-white wove paper, 150 x 258 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ?‘Antony and Cleopatra’ lower right, just above the gutter
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
See note to folio 1 (D05491), to which this sketch is related in theme and style. A further development of the subject, in which the figures are grouped around a staircase and include a group of soldiers with shields, is on folio 2 (D05493). The present version includes a seated figure on a podium, holding a spear or trident.

David Blayney Brown
August 2007

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘A Classical Harbour, with a Crowd of Figures 1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2007, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-classical-harbour-with-a-crowd-of-figures-r1129803, accessed 18 August 2017.