Joseph Mallord William Turner

Three Figure Studies

1805

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 117 × 182 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06362
Turner Bequest XCVIII 138 v

Catalogue entry

Not noticed or numbered by Finberg, these three sketches may be connected with historical-mythological subjects drawn on the recto (D06361) and at the front of the sketchbook including Ascanius, folio 1 (D06180), Dido and Aeneas, folio 2 (D06182) or Ulysses and Nausicaa, folio 3 (D06183). Hill suggests the figures may represent a river god.
There are patches of brown wash on this leaf

David Blayney Brown
July 2008

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