Joseph Mallord William Turner

Figures in an Interior

1811

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 75 × 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08631
Turner Bequest CXXIII 139 a

Catalogue entry

The scene is perhaps an inn on Turner’s West Country route. There are steps down from the right of where a man leans forwards, and there may be a further level below, indicated by shading at the bottom left. The figures within are obscure, although there appears to be at least one woman, seated in the centre, apparently on the floor.
There is another study of figures in a dark interior on folio 137 verso (D08622; CXXIII 134a), although the two scenes appear otherwise unrelated.

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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