Joseph Mallord William Turner

Figures, Normandy

1826

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 131 × 91 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23385
Turner Bequest CCL 27

Catalogue entry

Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, the figures which Turner worked onto the left-hand side of this page appear in contrasting dress. The large female figure carrying parcels is in modest dress of shawl and clogs while, directly below, is a fashionable couple sporting a large bonnet and tall hat. The larger figure has been identified as a woman of the harbour of Granville.1
1
Maurice Guillaud, Nicholas Alfrey, Andrew Wilton and others, Turner en France: aquarelles, peintures, dessins, gravures, carnets de croquis / Turner in France: Watercolours, Paintings, Drawings, Engravings, Sketchbooks, exhibition catalogue, Centre Culturel du Marais, Paris 1981, p.304.
Technical notes:
There is a small brown stain at the top of the page.

John Chu
May 2015

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