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

Joseph Mallord William Turner Large Barn, with Groups of Figures Eating and Drinking c.1807-10

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 4 Recto:
Large Barn, with Groups of Figures Eating and Drinking circa 1807–10
D05354
Turner Bequest LXXXVI 4
Pencil on white wove paper, 258 x 370 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Harvest ... | Paid’ centre left
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘4’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXXXVI 4’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A slight sketch, evidently taken from life, related to Turner’s unfinished painting Harvest Home (Tate N00562).1 As in the picture, but not in the separate composition study (Tate D08216; Turner Bequest CXX C), these figures are seen inside a barn with an open door in the background.

David Blayney Brown
December 2009

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.128 no.209 (pl.208).

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Large Barn, with Groups of Figures Eating and Drinking c.1807–10 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2009, 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-large-barn-with-groups-of-figures-eating-and-drinking-r1133584, accessed 21 December 2014.