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).
Lyles 1989, p.13, reproduced; Andrew Wilton, Turner as Draughtsman, 2006, p.25, fig.3.1.
The right side of the sheet is irregularly torn and cut; there are slight chalk trials at the lower left corner.