Joseph Mallord William Turner

Three Figures of Sailors ?at Calais

1824

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 × 78 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D19928
Turner Bequest CCXVI 189

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has rendered three swift studies of sailors, the men likely encountered by the artist while he was at Calais harbour on 9 or 14 September (see Tate D20083, D19922–D19926; Turner Bequest CCXVI 272, 186–188a). There is an almost illegible note inscribed by Turner close to the figures reading: ‘3 A [...] | [...]’. The sketches were produced with the book turned upside down.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

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