Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Seated Women and a Group of Figures with Shields

c.1799–1800

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 79 × 130 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02091
Turner Bequest XLVI 61

Catalogue entry

Made with the page turned horizontally, this sketch may have been made in relation to the same projected work as those on folios 59 verso and 60 recto (D02088–D02089). The pair of seated or crouching women on the left do not have any clear relationship with the more distant group of soldiers with spears and shields to the right. However, it is likely that the drawings are connected with one or another of Turner’s large-scale projects of this time, whether in oil or in watercolour.
Verso:
Blank; washed with a pale blue-grey ground.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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