Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study for a Hilly Classical Landscape Subject with Figures

c.1823–4

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17778
Turner Bequest CCIV 4

Catalogue entry

This sketch shows a deep valley with craggy, wooded hills. In the distance on the right are a classical portico, a high bridge or aqueduct, and a town or ruins on the skyline – all elements familiar elements in the repertoire of Turner’s classical landscape paintings. In the foreground are several animated figures around what seems to be a low, arched structure, but the subject is as yet unidentified. There are several sketches of this kind between folios 1 verso (D17774), under which the sequence is discussed, and 7 verso (D17782).
Verso:
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Matthew Imms
November 2014

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