Joseph Mallord William Turner

Large Barn, with Tenants and a Steward or Agent

c.1807–10

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 258 × 370 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05353
Turner Bequest LXXXVI 3

Catalogue entry

A slight sketch, evidently taken from life, related to Turner’s unfinished painting Harvest Home (Tate N00562).1 As in the picture, but not in the separate composition study (Tate D08216; Turner Bequest CXX C), these figures are seen inside a barn with an open door in the background. On the right in the painted version, farm workers and tenants are seen queuing to receive (not pay as Finberg implied) gold coins, presumably wages or a harvest bonus, dispensed by the steward or agent sketched here. Folios 5 verso and 6 (D05357, D05358) of this sketchbook also have studies of groups of figures surrounding a similar official.
1
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.128 no.209 (pl.208).
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
December 2009

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