Joseph Mallord William Turner

Numerous Figures; French, Male and Female

1821

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18566
Turner Bequest CCXI 27 a

Catalogue entry

This page has been used for numerous figures studies, mainly of French women who almost all wear the distinctive Normandy hats that Turner took such an interest in during this tour (see Tate D24502; Turner Bequest CCLVIII 2). The figures also include two soldiers at the top centre, a woman with a baby at the top left, a woman carrying a basket at the bottom left, one tending to a donkey with two jugs in its pannier, and, towards the bottom right, a woman who is perhaps emptying a bucket. See Tate D24503 (Turner Bequest CCLVIII 2v) for references to further figures studies made during this tour of France.

Thomas Ardill
March 2013

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