Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies of Men, Women, a Horse and Cart and a Donkey; an Italian Town with a Tall Tower; a Town with Distant Mountains


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 185 × 112 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXV 23 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, the upper half is taken up with swift but characterful sketches of men and women about their everyday business, as well as a passing horse and small passenger cart and a heavily laden donkey. The figure studies on folio 22 verso (D14358) were perhaps made on the same occasion; for others in this sketchbook, see under folio 18 verso (D14351).
Below, separated by horizontal pencil lines, are two studies of towns; both may be labelled with their place names, but the scrawled words are effectively illegible beyond the carful ‘R’ in the first instance, beside a high tower. Assuming the sketch was made in sequence, the artist was probably not far west of Verona at this stage (see under folio 25 recto; D14363).

Matthew Imms
March 2017

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