Joseph Mallord William Turner

Warriors Clambering over Rocks

1798

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 95 × 135 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01472
Turner Bequest XL 6 a

Catalogue entry

These energetic studies are executed in black ink applied mostly with a brush, though with some pen; compare the drawings on folio 13 recto (D01484). A mountain is sketched in pencil – possibly part of the same conception, but perhaps a note from nature made in the course of the 1798 tour. Made with the pages turned horizontally, the studies are spread over this and folio 7 recto opposite (D01473). The likelihood is that they represent ideas for an historical composition, probably the subject sketched on folio 69 recto (D01576; Turner Bequest XL 67), tentatively identified as ‘Hannibal showing his Army the fertile Plains of Italy’. But it is possible that they are copied from details of a painting by, say, Salvator Rosa (1615–1673).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

Read full Catalogue entry

Explore

You might like