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

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Soldier and a Woman Seated near a Country Inn ?1797

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Soldier and a Woman Seated near a Country Inn ?1797
D00853
Turner Bequest XXXI K
Pencil and grey wash on white wove paper, 269 x 356 mm
Stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XXXI K’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The execution of this drawing is exceptionally perfunctory and it is just possibly the unaided work of a pupil, albeit very much in Turner’s manner, and no doubt done under his close supervision. In all respects it is technically close to his style, though lacking any of his customary refinement of line or form. However, the number inscribed on the verso is apparently in his hand, and seems to place the sheet in the series of his own copy-drawings, with which it is accordingly catalogued here, though with the foregoing provisos.
Technical notes:
The sheet is irregular, being narrower at the bottom than the top, with the right-hand edge consequently sloping.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by Turner in brush and grey wash ‘57’; the sheet stained and dirty; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Soldier and a Woman Seated near a Country Inn ?1797 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-soldier-and-a-woman-seated-near-a-country-inn-r1140064, accessed 18 December 2014.