Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies of Nymphs, Related to ‘Apullia in Search of Appullus’

c.1813

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 88 × 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09978
Turner Bequest CXXXV 64 a

Catalogue entry

These separate sketches of a seated woman, and a kneeling woman who seems to turn to a third, barely indicated figure beyond, were not used directly for the painting Apullia in Search of Appullus (Tate N00495), exhibited in 1814;1 however, they clearly relate to it, falling among other, more directly relevant studies, as listed under folio 63 verso (D09976). In the finished composition a group of seated nymphs and shepherds appears in the left foreground.

Matthew Imms
April 2014

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.91–2 no.128, pl.134.

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