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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Three Studies of a Cow c.1806-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 21 Recto:
Three Studies of a Cow circa 1806–8
Turner Bequest XCVII 21
Pencil on white wove paper, 107 x 182 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘21’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XCVII 21’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
One of a number of sketches of cattle in this sketchbook; see also folios 22, 46 verso, 47, 68 verso, 69 verso, 84 verso, 86 verso–89, 90 verso (D06093, D06119, D06120, D06146, D06148, D06167, D06171–D06174, D06176). These must have been drawn in meadows alongside the Thames, probably near Windsor and Eton and with various views of Windsor Castle, for example folio 2 (D06073) are probably connected with Turner’s preparations for his picture, Ploughing up Turnips near Slough (Tate N00486)1 exhibited at his Gallery in 1809.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.66 no.89 (pl.99).

David Blayney Brown
September 2008

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Three Studies of a Cow c.1806–8 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2008, 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-three-studies-of-a-cow-r1130273, accessed 18 June 2018.