Joseph Mallord William Turner

Men and Women ?on a Beach

c.1826–40

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 141 × 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24631
Turner Bequest CCLIX 66

Catalogue entry

This sketchy group of men and women may show them waiting on a beach to embark on a sea voyage. For other examples see the introduction.

As discussed in the Introduction, this is one of the subjects of figures by the sea which Ian Warrell tentatively suggested as linked to Brighton around 1827, while noting that they could equally well show scenes in England or France on other occasions.1
1
See Warrell 1989, pp.120, 123 note 114.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘54–68’ top left; inscribed in pencil ‘D24631’ bottom centre.
There is a border of white paper or tape, indicating that the sheet was formerly mounted.

Matthew Imms
December 2015

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