Joseph Mallord William Turner

Figures on a Beach with a Pack Animal, near Mont Saint-Michel

c.1827–8

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 190 × 273 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40140

Catalogue entry

This is sketch of two figures coaxing a pack animal on a beach one of a batch of colour sketches depicting the area around the island of Mont Saint-Michel off the coast of Normandy which Turner worked up from material gathered on his 1826 tour of Northern France. A list of the pencil studies of that landmark is provided in the Introduction to the Cherbourg, Coutances and Mont St Michel sketchbook.1
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.217 under no.40.
Technical Notes:
A.J. Finberg did not designate a Turner Bequest number to this work in his 1909 Inventory but gave it the title ‘On the sands: helping the pack horse’.1
1
A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.II, p.832.
Verso:
See Tate D25356 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 234).

John Chu
March 2016

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