In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 83 x 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07944
Turner Bequest CXIII 59

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. The inscription by these two figures, who seem to be attempting an awkward embrace, comments on the fickleness of female affections. Turner’s supposed relationship with the musician’s widow, Sarah Danby, is dated to 1809 and her niece Hannah became his housekeeper at Queen Anne Street around the same time. However, there is no evidence that his equivocation here is connected or that either woman is the model for the life studies in this sketchbook; see Introduction.
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David Blayney Brown
August 2009

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