Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Standing Girl Fishing, with a Seated Girl


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 101 × 79 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXXI 21 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, a girl is shown fishing with a rod while another sits beside her. Although no wider context is shown, they presumably belong with adjacent drawings. As set out in the Introduction, they form 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.
Technical notes:
The long edge to the left of the drawing (i.e. the lower edge as foliated) is darkened by dust or exposure, indicative of disturbance at some point. The two subsequent leaves, folios 22 (D27765, D27766) and 23 (D27767, D27768), appear to have been extracted from the book at some stage, and have similar marks at their edges.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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