Joseph Mallord William Turner

Well-Dressed Figures; A Rocky Coast, ?Channel Islands

?1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 187 × 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23628
Turner Bequest CCLII 57 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned vertically, Turner worked two cursory drawings of figures gathered in a small room or nook onto this page. If this implies a modest interior, the tall hats and wide poke bonnets of the figures suggest a well-to-do company. At the bottom of the page is a view of distant jagged cliffs of a kind typical of Sark Island which were the subject of extensive study in this part of the volume. Sark could not accommodate tourists in ‘regular lodging houses or inns’, although ‘the stranger’ to these parts was assured that they would ‘find good reception under the humble roof of a Serk [sic] cottage’.1

John Chu
April 2014

1
J.T. Cochrane, A Guide to the Island of Guernsey, St Peter Port 1826, p.142.

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