Joseph Mallord William Turner

Commentary on ‘The Good Samaritan’ by a Rembrandt Follower (Inscription by Turner)


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 128 × 114 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LXXII 60

Catalogue entry

For Turner’s drawing after this picture, no longer given to Rembrandt himself, and other pictures by or ascribed to the artist in the Louvre, see folio 59 verso of this sketchbook (D04352). Turner’s comments read:
The Good Samaritan at the Inn [Finberg: Iron] Door | is rather monotonous | ly painted upon a | brown (asphaltum) ground which pervades | through the Sky. The lights are spotty and | the Breadth lies [Finberg also suggested tells] in the half tone viz. upon the | wall, even the colouring of the figures are | of the same for the Samaritan only can be | seen colour’d in yellow and the Boys cap Red | the jacket gray. The man next stronger | and the | Traveller a dark brown and the Boy greenish and the woman with the l. cap – .

David Blayney Brown
July 2005

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