Joseph Mallord William Turner

Figures Including Children ?on a Beach

c.1826–40

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and gouache on paper
Dimensions
Support: 140 x 188 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24933
Turner Bequest CCLX 97

Catalogue entry

This slight study shows a group including apparently including a man stooping to address a girl in a short cape echoing the one worn by the woman beside her. They may have been observed at the seaside (see the Introduction for other examples of such recreational scenes), although the drawing is slight and the significance of the object or structure to the left of the figures is not immediately clear.
There is a related subject on the verso (D41491; Turner Bequest CCLX 97v).

Matthew Imms
December 2015

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