Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Woman, Child and Wheelbarrow

?1791

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 476 x 292 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40224

Catalogue entry

This rapid study, apparently made from life in the street, is related to a group of figures in the foreground of a view of Westminster with Henry VII’s Chapel (private collection).1 In the watercolour, the woman in a straw hat is weighing goods which she is selling from a barrow; she is accompanied by two small children. Further studies of a similar trader, perhaps the same woman, occur in the Bristol and Malmesbury sketchbook (Tate D00100; Turner Bequest VI 19a).
The recto of this sheet is D00124 (Turner Bequest X A).
1
Lyles 1989, p.13, reproduced; Andrew Wilton, Turner as Draughtsman, 2006, p.25, fig.3.1.
Technical notes:
The right side of the sheet is irregularly torn and cut; there are slight chalk trials at the lower left corner.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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