Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Turkeys

?1799

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 125 × 174 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01686
Turner Bequest XLII 11

Catalogue entry

Working with the page turned horizontally and combining brushwork in brown ink, red watercolour, some gouache and a little pencil, it is possible that Turner noted these turkeys in 1799, at the same time as the swans he studied on folios 7 verso and 8 recto (D01689–D01690; Turner Bequest XLII 14, 15); he juxtaposed studies of turkeys and swans in his contemporary Salisbury sketchbook (Tate D02244–D02246; Turner Bequest XLIX 2, 3, 4).

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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