Joseph Mallord William Turner

Various Sketches including a Figure Ploughing and a View of ?Cattolica

1819

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 88 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13898
Turner Bequest CLXXI 21 a

Catalogue entry

This page contains a number of swift on-the-spot pencil studies including a man and an ox harnessed to a plough. The rough, shaky lines suggest that the artist may have been drawing from a moving carriage. The inscription beneath the second sketch from the top indicates that the view of tower and walls may represent Cattolica, a town on the Adriatic Coast which Turner would have passed through en route between Rimini and Ancona.

Nicola Moorby
March 2010

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