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

Joseph Mallord William Turner Group of Gendarmes and Officials 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 15 Recto:
Group of Gendarmes and Officials 1802
D04812
Turner Bequest LXXVIII 15
Pencil and watercolour on white laid paper, 198 x 163 mm
Stamped in black ‘LXXVIII 15’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of the most developed studies in this sketchbook. It includes a plump black-clad man in a tricorn hat, presumably an urban bourgeois. The other three figures are in uniform, perhaps gendarmes as Finberg suggested or militiamen.
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David Blayney Brown
May 2003

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Group of Gendarmes and Officials 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2003, 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-group-of-gendarmes-and-officials-r1133517, accessed 23 July 2014.