Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Standing Angler in a Tall Hat and Other Figures at a Country Weir

c.1834–6

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
None
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D27762
Turner Bequest CCLXXXI 20 a

Catalogue entry

As set out in the Introduction, this is one of a sequence running through the middle of this sketchbook showing a substantial rural weir with a fence-like wooden superstructure, populated by numerous adults and children engaged in or watching fishing. The location is unidentified. Here, an elegant man in a dark coat and tall hat fishes in the waters of the weir while others look on; he is presumably the man shown previously on folios 18 verso and 19 verso (D27758, D27760). Robert Upstone has noted that ‘it is thought that the man in the top-hat and coat may be the artist’:1 if so, Turner has presented himself rather dashingly in this sequence.
The landscape is continued on folio 21 recto opposite (D27763).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

1
Upstone 1993, p.132.

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