Joseph Mallord William Turner

Figure Sketches, Savoy

1820

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 98 × 128 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16675
Turner Bequest CXCII 18

Catalogue entry

This page contains several studies of figures which Turner has annotated with notes concerning the colour and appearance of their clothes. These include some ‘Savoyard’ women at the top (i.e. natives of Savoy), and a ‘postillion’, a rider at the front of a team of horses pulling a coach or diligence (bottom left). In addition to the rider Turner has made a quick sketch of the head of a horse and has noted that its bridle is adorned with ‘Badger hair’.
There are a number of similar groups of sketches within this sketchbook, see for example folio 13 (D16665).

Nicola Moorby
April 2013

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