Joseph Mallord William Turner

Groups of Figures

c.1827–30

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 110 × 68 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41057

Catalogue entry

There is one group of figures across the middle of the endpaper, turned vertically, and a smaller group below, although their activities are unclear. They may have been observed in the Midlands in 1830, or be related to the figure studies made by the River Thames, possibly around 1827, on folios 69 recto and verso and 71 verso (D22455, D22456, D22460). For other views along the Thames between the bridges at Hammersmith and Putney, see under folio 58 verso (D22434).
There are a few illegible words inscribed in two lines above.
Technical notes:
The heavy pencil work is rubbed and offset onto folio 72 verso opposite (D22462). There is staining from the leather overlaps over which the page is pasted.

Matthew Imms
August 2013

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