Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Studies Related to ‘Men with Horses Crossing a River’: (i) Figures and Horses; (ii) Men with Horses and a Wagon

1805

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 171 × 262 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40635

Catalogue entry

Two sketches, one above the other; the lower, in pencil, very slight and evidently drawn on the spot, depicts horses and a wagon while the one above, in ink, shows a different group of horses with four figures in front of a group of trees. The latter served as the basis for the central motif of the contemporary, unfinished oil known as Men with Horses Crossing a River (Tate N02695) 1, to which folios 44 recto and verso (D05842, D05844) are also related; in each case the connection was first recognised by Hill, who observes that the horses are being watered, not crossing a river. See 44 recto for the likely connection with Richmond scenery.

David Blayney Brown
October 2007

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.118 no.170 (pl.170).

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