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

Joseph Mallord William Turner Studies of Rustic Groups: Women Gossiping; a Man Driving Two Cows; Boats; a Man with Carts and Horses 1793

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Studies of Rustic Groups: Women Gossiping; a Man Driving Two Cows; Boats; a Man with Carts and Horses 1793
D00399
Turner Bequest XXIII Y
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 210 x 265 mm
Stamped in black ‘XXIII Y’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sheet illustrates Turner’s concern with staffage as an essential element in the foreground of a topographical view. The figures were possibly copied from a print; compare William Henry Pyne’s Microcosm, though these examples are not from that work. The quality of the drawing can be compared with that of sheets like Tate D00398 (Turner Bequest XXIII X).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Studies of Rustic Groups: Women Gossiping; a Man Driving Two Cows; Boats; a Man with Carts and Horses 1793 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, http://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-studies-of-rustic-groups-women-gossiping-a-man-driving-two-r1141162, accessed 19 April 2014.