Joseph Mallord William Turner

Four Studies of a Swan

c.1799

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 121 × 150 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02246
Turner Bequest XLIX 4

Catalogue entry

Used with the page turned horizontally, rather than being a note of a group of swans, this drawing seems to contain a succession of studies of one bird in different positions. For other bird studies in this book and in the Swans sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest XLII), see under folio 1 recto (D02243; Turner Bequest XLIX 1).
Technical notes:
The sheet is discoloured from exposure.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘866’.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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