Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Group of Figures, with Some Reclining, and Others Dancing to a Harpist

c.1799–1800

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 135 x 210 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04101
Turner Bequest LXIX 87

Catalogue entry

This drawing, made with the page turned horizontally, was listed by Finberg without comment in its place between folios 86 and 88 (D04100, D04102);1 in rebinding, it was laid down as an endpaper inside the back cover, presumably on the evidence of leather stains that are no longer visible.
See also folio 18 recto (D04012), which also has a pen study of figures dancing, related to the subject of the watercolour Caernarvon Castle, North Wales, exhibited in at the Royal Academy in 1800 (Tate D04164; Turner Bequest LXX M).2 Another study of dancers and a harpist is on folio 86 verso (D04100).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
See Finberg 1909, I, p.172.
2
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.329 no.263, pl.52.

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