Joseph Mallord William Turner

?A Picnic Bag, Kite &c

c.1816–19

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 155 × 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10550
Turner Bequest CXL 71

Catalogue entry

See notes to folio 78 verso of the sketchbook (D10549; Turner Bequest CXL 70a) for a run of sketches associated by Eric Shanes with Turner’s watercolour Richmond Terrace, Surrey (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool)1 engraved by J.T. Willmore in 1836 for Picturesque Views in England and Wales, but surely earlier and related to other Richmond subjects as well. The subject of this small detail is rather obscure but might be a picnic bag or kite, and thus perhaps related to the earlier watercolour (Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight)2 engraved by Edward Goodall in 1826 for The Literary Souvenir but probably originally intended for England and Wales.

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.403 no.879.
2
Ibid., p.359 no.518.

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